Healthy Families Saga Ends, But Fewer Children Receive Coverage

Staff for the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB), which administers the Healthy Families Program, announced today that applications representing the 89,000 children who had been placed on a waiting list from July through September have now been processed. MRMIB resorted to this measure earlier this year when it faced a $196 million budget shortfall. Since the waiting list was lifted in September, the program has enrolled about 80,000 children, though it is unclear how many of those new enrollees had been placed on the waiting list. 

It will be a few months before staff can assess the impact and disruption that the measure inflicted on families. Even without final data, though, the numbers are clear: Healthy Families enrollment fell from a peak of 922,429 in July to 874,762 in November – a 5 percent decline.

— Hanh Kim Quach

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