Health Reform Brings Significant Gains in Kids’ Health Care Coverage
Health advocates on Thursday celebrated the announcement from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) that nearly 23,000 additional children were enrolled in Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) since Oct. 1, 2013 as a result of health reform outreach efforts.
New health coverage options for adults, particularly parents, made available through health reform has led to new enrollment among children that have historically been eligible for Medicaid and CHP+, but not enrolled in the programs. While there has not been new public coverage eligibility for children since 2010, experience shows that eligible but not enrolled (EBNE) children are more likely to gain coverage if their parents have coverage. Historically, reaching this population has been very difficult. Most recent estimates from the Colorado Health Institute indicate that, in 2012, of the approximately 116,000 uninsured children, 81,600 are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid or CHP+, which is why today’s enrollment data from HCPF is so encouraging. Read the All Kids Covered Press release for more information.