Briefs & Reports

Maximizing Enrollment for Kids: Results from a Diagnostic Assessment of Enrollment and Retention in Eight States

National Academy for State Health Policy

Caroline Davis
Eileen Ellis
Jennifer N. Edwards, DrPH
Jodi M. Bitterman
Lisa Duchon, PhD

Maximizing Enrollment for Kids, a $15 million initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) launched in June 2008 and directed by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), aims to increase enrollment and retention of eligible children into Medicaid and CHIP programs and to establish and promote best practices among states. In this first year of the program, NASHP collaborated with HMA to conduct a baseline assessment of each grantee state’s policies and processes for enrolling and retaining children in coverage. The findings of these assessments provide a foundation for the work of these states over the next three years to improve enrollment of eligible children.