Forum Session

Universal Coverage for Children: States Setting the Pace
September 19, 2008


Jennifer Ryan & Safiya Mojerie


In the midst of a troubled economy, a failed attempt at reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and the lack of federally initiated health reform, states and their governors have continued to push ahead on expanding health insurance coverage for children. Nine states have enacted children’s universal coverage laws to date, and many more are in the process of significantly expanding programs for children. This Forum session highlighted several state coverage efforts to provide information and share insights about state activities and to inform the national debate about expanding coverage to the uninsured. A panel of speakers gave an overview of state coverage initiatives for children and offered their perspectives on the political and policy considerations that factor into developing, enacting, and implementing major changes to Medicaid and SCHIP programs.


Cindy Mann, JD, Executive Director, Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute; George L. Hoover, Deputy Insurance Commissioner, CHIP and adultBasic Program, Pennsylvania Insurance Department; Anita Smith, Chief, Bureau of Medical Supports, Iowa Department of Human Services; Jack Hatch, State Senator, Iowa General Assembly; Ruth Kennedy, Medicaid Deputy Director/LaCHIP Director, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Slides from the presentations by Ms. Mann, Mr. Hoover, Ms. Smith, Sen. Hatch, and Ms. Kennedy are available for download.

Related Materials

For more information, see "Covering All Kids: States Setting the Pace" (Issue Brief No. 826, September 30, 2006).

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