Overcoming Interagency Data‐Sharing Barriers: Lessons from the Maryland Kids First Act
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Subjectsidentifying uninsured children who qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and enrolling them into these programs
strategies for identifying eligible children
Maryland Kids First Act
Affordable Care Act (ACA)
sharing data between state agencies
This issue brief describes interagency data-sharing barriers that researchers and state officials encountered as they implemented and evaluated the Maryland Kids First Act outreach initiative. The brief provides an overview of strategies used to identify uninsured children who are eligible for public insurance programs; an update on Maryland’s tax-based outreach program, including a description of the interagency data-sharing barriers encountered and their resolution; a discussion of new data-sharing and outreach opportunities outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA); and a discussion of lessons for other states.