The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) provides ongoing data analysis and evaluation services to the Georgia Department of Community Health to support the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), PeachCare for Kids, and Georgia Medicaid. Evaluations rely upon quantitative and qualitative data analysis and policy modeling.
The data analysis activities use PeachCare for Kids and Medicaid claims and enrollment data, national datasets, and survey data to assess the quality of health care furnished to enrollees in the programs. Previous modelling efforts have assessed the enrollment and cost impacts of proposed state and federal policy changes, including the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), and the Affordable Care Act. These analyses are used to inform state Medicaid and CHIP directors, other departmental policymakers, the Georgia legislature, and the general public through technical reports, issue briefs, and professional publications and presentations.
GHPC research and evaluation projects for PeachCare for Kids include:
- Annually reporting on performance measures that assess the quality of health care furnished to children enrolled in PeachCare for Kids
- Projecting state Medicaid expenditures under potential policy scenarios
- Assessing the impact of premium changes on Georgia’s PeachCare for Kids enrollment
- Understanding how the initiation of enhanced citizenship and income verification requirements (required under DRA) affect the state’s CHIP and Medicaid programs
- Measuring the economic implications of two policy options under CHIPRA legislation: premium assistance and 12-month continuous eligibility
- Analyzing the CHIP funding formula prior to reauthorization
- Implementation and evaluation of a combination of technology solutions to simplify, streamline, and better coordinate enrollment and renewal for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids