The Future of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP)


Fourth in a series of interactive webcasts ...

AHCJ-Kaiser Family Foundation Interactive Roundtable

The webcast, from March 6, 2007, is now available.

With the State Children's Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP) up for reauthorization, this roundtable - a partnership between the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Kaiser Family Foundation - focuses on what journalists need to know about covering SCHIP in their states. Health reform proposals announced by would-be presidential candidates call for expanding coverage through SCHIP.

Among the questions our experts will answer are: how successful has the program been at reducing the rate of uninsurance among children; how is the program financed; what changes are being contemplated for the program; what are the barriers and red tape families encounter trying to use the program; should it be a building block for comprehensive reform?

Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, director of the health and medical reporting program at City University of New York, and president of AHCJ board of directors

  • Robin Rudowitz - principal policy analyst, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
  • Becky Shipp - health policy adviser, Senate Finance Committee, minority staff
  • Alan Weill - executive director, National Academy for State Health Policy
  • Alice Weiss - health counsel, Senate Finance Committee, majority staff