Health Insurance Family Style: Public Approaches to Reaching the Uninsured
September 24, 2001
This Forum session explored state, federal, and academic perspectives on public health insurance coverage expansions and the variety of paths available to support such expansions. The meeting also addressed the cost implications of the differing perspectives in the context of the shifting economy. This led to a discussion among presenters and participants of the future of and priorities for public financing of health insurance coverage. The issue brief announcing the meeting explored existing and potential opportunities to further expand the availability of health coverage for the uninsured and the underinsured, given the current economy and the resulting state budget shortfalls. It also considered the implications of the Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability initiative announced in August 2001 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the legislative options for health care reform being debated in Washington, including tax credit incentives and additional federal funding for public coverage expansions through Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Richard Curtis, President, Institute for Health Policy Solutions; Michelle Walsky, Chief of Operations, New Jersey Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services; Dennis Smith, Director, Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Gordon Bonnyman, JD, Managing Attorney, Tennessee Justice Center, Inc.
More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 767.