Program Design Snapshot: 12-Month Continuous Eligibility

Continuous eligibility is a state option that allows children, ages 0-18, to maintain Medicaid or SCHIP coverage for up to one full year, even if families experience a change in income or family status. By implementing this program element, a state ensures that for 365 days a year children get, and keep, the coverage for which they are already eligible. The result is healthier children and decreased state resources spent on unnecessary paperwork.