Forum Session

Sailing SCHIP through Troubled Waters: A View from the States
December 5, 2003


Jennifer Ryan


This meeting was jointly sponsored by the National Health Policy Forum and the National Academy for State Health Policy. It provided a view of how State Children’s Health Insurance Programs were faring in light of six years of program experience and the budget crisis that has crippled states’ Medicaid programs across the country. Presenters gave an illustration of SCHIP’s accomplishments and considered some of the key challenges that remain. The presentations were followed by a facilitated discussion among five state SCHIP and Medicaid officials about the health of their programs and their contingency plans for ensuring continued success.


Debbie Chang, Director of Strategic Planning and Policy, National Academy for State Health Policy; Cindy Brach, Senior Health Policy Researcher, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality; Therese Hanna, state insurance administrator, Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration; Tricia Leddy, Administrator, Center for Child and Family Health, Rhode Island Department of Human Services; Anne Marie Murphy, Medicaid director, Illinois Department of Public Aid; Gayle Sandlin, Director, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Alabama Department of Public Health; Jana Leigh Thomas, Program Director, PeachCare for Kids, Georgia Department of Community Health.

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 795.

Other resources on SCHIP include "SCHIP: Coming of Age or Stuck in Adolescence?" (Forum Session, July 27, 2007) and "The State Children’s Health Insurance Program: Past, Present, and Future" (Forum Session, July 21, 2006).

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