ERIC Number: ED445798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Closing the Gap: Insuring Children in Illinois. Special Report.
Nagle, Ami; Havill, Andrea
Children who lack health insurance do not have access to preventive care, placing them at greater risk of serious illness. This special report of the Voices for Illinois Children describes federal and state efforts to address the problem of uninsured children and issues that will need to be monitored as Illinois begins to help children access health care. The report describes the development of the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) and states' requirements for participation in the plan. In addition, the report describes Illinois' two-phase approach to helping children access health care: (1) Medicaid expansion; and (2) KidCare, including eligibility, covered services, affordability, accessibility, continuous eligibility, program for insured children, and program evaluation. Characteristics of current state CHIP policies and plans are described regarding eligibility, program structure, services covered, cost-sharing, and outreach and enrollment. The report maintains that the key issues to be monitored regarding KidCare deal with parents' knowledge about the program, its affordability, and children's receipt of services. The report concludes with a table summarizing the provisions of KidCare's program for uninsured and insured children. (KB)
Voices for Illinois Children, 208 South LaSalle, Suite 1490, Chicago, IL 60604; Tel: 800-252-8635 (Toll-Free), Tel: 312-456-0600; Web Site: http://www.voices4kids.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Woods Fund of Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Childrens Health Insurance Program