Improving Public Coverage for Children: Lessons from CKF in New Jersey

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation



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Health insurance coverage in New Jersey is threatened seemingly on all sides: private insurance coverage is eroding; the number of uninsured individuals is growing; and state budget pressure, combined with federal policy pressure, could lead to public insurance coverage cutbacks. Thus, the need for advocates for health insurance coverage is greater than ever. A historical review of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Covering Kids & Families grant in New Jersey reveals that advocates for insurance coverage, working in concert with state officials, can positively impact public insurance policy and procedures, and can sustain this work even after its funding ends.



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