Forum Session

SCHIP: Coming of Age or Stuck in Adolescence?
July 27, 2007


Jennifer Ryan


This National Health Policy Forum session offered an overview of the proposed State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) reauthorization legislation that is being considered in Congress and explored its potential implications at both the state and federal levels. Speakers offered their insights and analyses of the legislation and discussed the pros and cons of the financing and policy modifications. State representatives shared their perspectives on how the proposed changes might influence state attitudes toward expanding children’s coverage and considered the possibilities for the future. The panel also considered the larger question of the appropriate role of federal and state governments in financing and delivering health coverage.


Cindy Mann, JD, Executive Director, Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute; Nina Owcharenko, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Health Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation; Leslie Cummings, Executive Director, California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board; Cathy Caldwell, Director, ALL Kids Program, Alabama Department of Public Health.

Slides from the presentation by Ms. Mann are available for download.

Related Materials

See also "Reauthorizing SCHIP: A Summary of Selected Issues" (Issue Brief No. 829, January 8, 2009).

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