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Joan Alker
Joan Alker is co-executive director at the Center for Children and Families and a senior researcher at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. Her work focuses on health coverage for low-income children and families and those with special health care needs.

Entries by Joan Alker

What Can Policy Makers Learn from Experiences of Arizona Children Who Lost CHIP Coverage?

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Fourteen thousand children in Arizona lost their health insurance at the end of January 2014 when the state ended its KidsCare program for low-income children, becoming the only state in the country without an active Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Today we released two new reports on how...

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Progress on Children's Health Coverage Is Slowing

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 6:43 PM

The historic progress our nation has made in reducing the rate of uninsured children appears to be slowing down. While we've achieved the historically low child uninsured rate of 7.1 percent, our research shows that we're starting to see some stagnation. Whether this is an aberration or an indication of...

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Children's Coverage on the Eve of the Affordable Care Act

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Here's a good news story on health coverage that the public is largely unaware of. The number of uninsured children continues to decline to historic lows - a remarkable accomplishment given the high childhood poverty rate and tough economic times. Yet a majority of Americans are unaware of this achievement.

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If Reducing the Uninsured Rate is the Goal, Why All the Fuss About Medicaid Enrollment?

(167) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 6:01 PM

I was going to write this blog earlier in the week but got waylaid by meetings, meetings and more meetings! Today I wake up and see a front-page story in the Washington Post: Medicaid Tops Private Plans in Tallies of New Sign-Ups.

It's not very often that you...

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Children in the Dawn and Shadows of Life Should Be a Top Priority in Budget Talks

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 11:34 AM

Our nation's leaders are facing a watershed moment as they try to build a consensus on how to best address the long-term deficit. The path our government takes at this pivotal point in history will define our society. Probably no other group has more at stake in this debate than...

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