Research Watch: CHIP and Adolescent Reproductive Health

Diana Zuckerman
November 1, 1998

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Advocates for Youth, a liberal nonprofit organization, is working with the American College of Nurse-Midwives to monitor how the states are implementing the CHIP program in terms of adolescent reproductive health coverage. Every month, they update a table that describes the progress that each state has made and the kinds of services they are providing under CHIP. The table is available for free upon request.

The most recent version, updated in late September, shows that almost all states have approved CHIP plans to provide family planing, gynecological services, and prenatal care to children under the age of 19. A few states, such as California, Connecticut, Florida, and Kentucky, have specified that some services are limited to children ages 14 and older. Wyoming is the only state that has voted not to offer the program. Alaska and Hawaii are lagging behind the other states, but will be participating in the future.

“It’s too early to say how many kids are being served” according to Kimberly Cowins of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. “As soon as that information is available, we’ll include it, and we hope to get the table on our website in a few months.”

Zuckerman, Diana. "CHIP and Adolescent Reproductive Health." Research Watch review of "American College of Nurse-Midwives".Youth Today, November 1998, p. 8.

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