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Gene Lewit
Gene Lewit joined the Packard Foundation in 1991. He is currently Program Officer and Manager in the Children, Families, and Communities (CFC) Program. Gene manages the Foundation’s efforts to bring health insurance to all children. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was associate professor of medicine and community medicine, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and, until recently, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Gene has a bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and a Ph.D. in economics from City University of New York.

Entries by Gene Lewit

Extending Funding for CHIP in 2015 Is Key to Sustaining Gains for Children

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 12:05 PM

In a time of partisan inertia, heightened concern about income inequality and the welfare of children, and disagreement about the ability of government programs to address serious problems, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), enacted in 1997 by a Republican Congress and Democratic President, stands as an example of a...

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ACA's Next Phase Can Continue to Benefit from CHIP's Best Practices

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:18 PM

The open enrollment period for Marketplace coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has ended and supporters of the legislation are finished celebrating the accomplishment of exceeding enrollment goals despite a rocky start. Nonetheless, this continues to be an important time for ACA outreach and enrollment efforts. Enrollment in Medicaid...

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CHIP Success a Model for ACA State-Federal Partnerships

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:40 PM

With state legislatures working their way through their 2014 sessions, attention in a number of states is focused on the actions states can take to further implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although the name "Obamacare" focuses attention on the President, his administration, and the federal bureaucracy, state actions...

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What CHIP Implementation Can Teach Us

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:05 AM

The "glitches", "problems", "failures" of the federal health insurance marketplace and the website are headline news and a source of frustration, disappointment and embarrassment to many. Yet, research that I have been doing for First Focus based on experience with the roll out of the Children's Health Insurance Program...

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Public Programs That Work -- Good News on Children's Coverage

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 10:42 PM

Late last year, while official Washington and its pundits were busy deconstructing the failure of the "Super Committee" and the rest of us were planning our holiday celebrations, the National Center for Health Statistics quietly released its 2011 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data. Among other things, the

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