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Eight states are participating in the Maximizing Enrollment program: Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Maximizing Enrollment is an initiative funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Direction and technical assistance for the program are provided by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), which serves as the National Program Office for the initiative. Grantee states are also providing in-kind support for the work of the program.

At this time, no additional grant funds are planned. A one-time grant application process was conducted from June to December 2008 and eight states were selected after a competitive review process.

Direction and technical assistance for this program are provided by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), which serves as the national program office.  For more information, including programmatic questions, contact:

Brittany Lattisaw
Program Assistant
Maximizing Enrollment for Kids
National Academy for State Health Policy
1233 20th Street, NW, Suite 303
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 507-7580

The Call for Proposals was released in June 2008 and grants were awarded in February 2009. Grants will continue for four years until 2013.

States will be asked to supply data for analysis on a regular basis to provide feedback about the impact of system, policy and procedural changes. States will be asked to provide individual-level data on Medicaid and CHIP eligibility determination, enrollment, and retention. The program will provide technical assistance to states to help improve their capacity to collect, analyze and share the data.  Data will be requested on a periodic basis to track states’ improvement.

All new benchmarks, plans, and strategies for state improvement in enrollment and retention of children will be developed based on the findings of the diagnostic assessment and will be developed by the state and NASHP, in consultation with other experts and informed by data and best practices among states.  States will have opportunities to learn from their peers as they implement strategies, and to refine strategies based on peer-to-peer learning and data they are monitoring as they implement strategies.

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