Local and State Coverage Programs|
In the absence of change at the federal level, several states and localities have embarked on innovative health coverage expansions in recent years. New models are more likely to be pioneered and replicated at the local level, with the results having an immediae and visable impact on local communities. Importantly, local coverage programs serve as laboratories for innovative models of financing and delivery of health services.
IHPS has provided direct technical assistance at the state and county levels to foster local coverage programs. We have also studied program expansions in other localities.
For example, since early 2000, several California counties have adopted innovative solutions to expand health insurance coverage to uninsured children and families through the Children's Health Initiative (CHI). While their circumstances and approaches differ, most CHIs share a bold vision of health coverage for all children and three key supporting strategies. These strategies include: 1) cultivating public-private partnerships to provide affordable health coverage to all children; 2) creating a single "One Open Door" outreach and enrollment pathway; and 3) creating a new and comprehensive Healthy Kids insurance program.
For more information, visit our California office site.
Orange, Santa Clara, Sacramento, El Dorado, Yolo, Colusa, Tulare, Kern, and Fresno Counties in California
Winter Park, Florida
Pioneers for Coverage: Local Solutions to Insuring All Children in California (IHPS-CA, June 2004)
For more information, visit our California Office site.
Local Experience with Healthy Kids Enrollment Caps (IHPS-CA, June 2004)
Local and Regional Solutions Leading the Way to Covering All Children in California (IHPS-CA, June 2004)
Checklist for Counties Pursuing a Children's Health Initiative (IHPS-CA, March 2004)
Universal Health Care for Children: Two Local Initiatives (Future of Children, Volume 13, Number 1, published by the Center for the Future of Children, Spring 2003)
Data and Recommended Strategies for Expanding Health Coverage to Children in Fresno County (IHPS-CA, March 2003)