HCFA awards Mathematica contract to evaluate CHIP

Mathematica Policy Research Inc., in Plainsboro, NJ, has received a five-year, $4.2 million contract from the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to evaluate the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The study is designed to help HCFA and Congress understand how different CHIP programs operate, assess how well they perform, and highlight best practices.

In the first phase of the project, Mathematica will synthesize data from several to develop a comprehensive, cross-state picture of CHIP in its early years. An analysis of external studies of CHIP will help to clarify the program’s progress. The firm will also track changes in the number of uninsured children by state, before and after CHIP implementation.

The second phase will examine the impact of CHIP on enrollment, expenditures, use of services, access, and quality of care by contrasting state-designed plans with Medicaid plans. Mathematica vice president Margo Rosenbach, PhD, will direct the project.