Increasing Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are the two largest public health insurance programs for working and low-income children families in the United States. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both of these programs have seen an increase in enrollment across the country during the past year even in states, such as Texas, that have decided not to expand Medicaid eligibility to poor adults. As of May 2014, Texas had 80,435 new enrollees in Medicaid– a 1.8% increase over pre-ACA figures. However, roughly 874,000 Texans eligible for Medicaid and CHIP have still not enrolled, including over 700,000 children. (more…)

AAP supports increased funding for pediatric mental health services

The AAP responds to a request from the Senate Finance Committee regarding our nation’s mental health system.

In the wake of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Administration and Congress are looking for ways to improve our nation’s mental health system. Exposure to violence causes toxic stress in childhood, which can have long-term negative effects on children. Managing adult mental health disorders begins with ensuring that children have access to quality mental health services. (more…)

The AAP Praises CHIP & Asks for Continued Support

The American Academy of Pediatrics is voicing its continued support of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and hoping to garner future support in the process. CHIP was signed into law in 1997 as part of the Balanced Budget Act, it was reauthorized in 2009 under the CHIP Reauthorization Act, and extended through 2019 with funding through 2015 in 2010 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (more…)

Assistance for Health Insurance Enrollment

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) requirement that all individuals have health insurance coverage by the end of March 2014 prompts the current widespread search for health insurance coverage. Recent changes in Medicaid eligibility requirements, state-to-state variation in Medicaid coverage, and new health insurance marketplaces create a daunting environment as parents embark on their search to find the appropriate health insurance for themselves and their children. In anticipation of this challenge, the ACA and some states are funding a variety of consumer assistance programs to help families navigate the plethora of health insurance changes. (more…)

Why So Many Insurance Cancellations?

There’s been a lot in the news about the Affordable Care Act and rollout, but why so many people are receiving insurance cancellation letters may not be entirely clear.  Watch this 2 minute video by Sarah Cliff from the Washington Post about what it all means.

 by Dolly Lucio Sevier, MD