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News: November 14, 2011 Headlines

New CPS Health Insurance Estimates Added to SHADAC's Data Center SHARE and SHADAC Presentations at APPAM Welcome Brett Fried Baby Lukanen Arrives NASHP Releases Disparities Briefs Maximizing Enrollment Webinar on Using Data to Improve Enrollment and Retention Washington Releases Draft of High Risk Pool Brief

New CPS Health Insurance Estimates Added to SHADAC's Data Center
SHADAC released an update of its Data Center, an online table and chart generator for state-level estimates of uninsurance and key demographic characteristics. These updates include the addition of the recent Current Population Survey (CPS) estimates for calendar year 2010. We have also re-run estimates for 19992009 to reflect the imputation edits applied by the Census Bureau to these years of data. Information on these changes is described here. The Data Center will be updated again in December after the 2010 American Community Survey data become available.

SHARE and SHADAC Presentations at APPAM

SHARE and SHADAC researchers presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference, held November 3-5 in Washington DC.

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ACA Note: Defining FPL Categories in the Affordable Care Act ACA Note: Modified Adjusted Gross Income - Implications for Medicaid Eligibility Systems Tracking Reform at the State Level

SHARE grantee Cheryl Camillo, Mathematica Policy Research, "Implementing Expanded Medicaid Eligibility under ACA: Perspectives from the States."

SHARE grantee Lara Shore-Sheppard, Williams College, "Who Will Become Eligible for Insurance Subsidies and Why? Evidence from the Survey of Income and Program Participation."

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SHARE grantee Tom DeLeire, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, "Target Efficiency and

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Effectiveness of On-Line Medicaid/CHIP Enrollment: An Evaluation of Wisconsin's ACCESS Internet Portal."

SHADAC Research Assistant Heather Dahlen, "Expanding Coverage to Low-Income Childless Adults in Massachusetts: Implications for National Health Reform."

Welcome Brett Fried

SHADAC is pleased to announce the hiring of Brett Fried as a Senior Research Fellow. Brett most recently was Senior Research Economist at the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health where he was lead analyst for all aspects of the Minnesota Health Access Survey. At SHADAC Brett will continue to apply his expertise to state surveys, as well as analysis of federal surveys.

Baby Lukanen Arrives

SHARE Deputy Director Elizabeth Lukanen gave birth to a healthy and robust (8 pounds, 10 ounces) Finley Lukanen on November 8. We're pleased to report that the Elizabeth and her family are doing great!

NASHP Releases Disparities Briefs
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) released two new briefs related to measuring health disparities. "Using Geographic Information to Target Health Disparities: State Experience" describes how Rhode Island and Virginia have used data collection and geographic information systems to map race and ethnicity data. "Using Report Cards to Measure Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: State Experience" describes New Mexico's experience using report cards to measure racial and ethnic disparities.

Maximizing Enrollment Webinar on Using Data to

Improve Enrollment and Retention

The Maximizing Enrollment initiative will host a webinar on November 21 to discuss a set of core performance measures for Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and retention data. The webinar speakers will discuss the recommended measures, the purposes for which these measures can be used, and one state's experience with improving data collection and monitoring to strengthen its enrollment and retention efforts. Click here to learn more and/or to register for the event.

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Washington Releases Draft of High Risk Pool Brief
The Washington State Health Care Authority released, "Risk Leveling and the States High Risk Pool - Draft Policy Options and Questions," outlining issues about whether to retain the states high risk pool, the Washington State Health Insurance Pool (WSHIP), and any role WSHIP might play in the reinsurance program.

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