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SCHIP: What's Happening? What's Next?

Summary of a Workshop for Senior State Health Officials

This workshop was designed to complement current research findings with case studies from three States with operational Children's Health Insurance Programs (California, Connecticut, and Missouri). It was held in Portland, Maine, May 26-28, 1999.

About the Workshop Sponsor.


At the time of this workshop, 49 States and the District of Columbia had received approval from the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to launch new programs to cover low-income, uninsured children through Title XXI, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The Title XXI law allows significant flexibility for States in program design and implementation. This workshop was for States as they moved beyond drafting State SCHIP plans to implementing them. State health officials learned of progress to date in new SCHIP programs and gained insight into how States are effectively implementing SCHIP.


The workshop was designed to complement current research findings with case studies from States with operational SCHIP programs and to provide participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and raise questions with experienced State SCHIP policy officials who are responsible for program administration and policy.


Workshop participants included representatives with varying degrees of responsibility for implementing their State's Children's Health Insurance Program. The workshop included SCHIP program directors, outreach coordinators, policy analysts, representatives from Medicaid agencies, legislators, researchers, and HCFA officials. Twenty-seven States were represented from all areas of the country.

Workshop Sessions


The User Liaison Program (ULP) disseminates health services research findings in easily understandable and usable formats through interactive workshops. Workshops and other support are planned to meet the needs of Federal, State, and local policymakers, and other health services research users, such as purchasers, administrators, and health plans.

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