Health Reform Brings Significant Gains in Kids’ Health Care Coverage

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 11, 2014

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.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.