Issue Brief

No. 748

CHIP and Medicaid Outreach and Enrollment: A Hands-on Look at Marketing and Applications
October 19, 1999

Author

Judith D. Moore

Summary

The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP), enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) in 1997, has enrolled eligible low-income children in innovative ways and tackled a variety of challenges to make sure that families know about the new program. This issue brief describes the outreach, application, and enrollment process for both SCHIP and Medicaid, analyzing the difficulty in simplifying applications, and noting problems that states must solve around systems design, immigration issues, and the stigma sometimes associated with government programs.

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