Hardy, Kelly


Kelly Hardy is Director of Health Policy at Children Now, an organization dedicated to finding common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups and policymakers, who together can develop and drive socially innovative, “win-win” approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential.

Medicaid for Kids: California “Naughty;” 15 Other States “Nice”

Kelly Hardy
Children Now

On Monday, the federal Centers for Medicare&Medicaid Services (CMS) announced $206 million in awards to 15 states that were able to significantly boost children’s enrollment in Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California). Unfortunately, California will not receive any award money. 



The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 set up two conditions for earning these performance bonuses: 1) streamlining the enrollment process, by enacting at least five of eight specific strategies, and 2) meeting ambitious targets for increasing enrollment.