- Building an Express Lane Eligibility Initiative: A Roadmap of Key Decisions for States, Kaiser Family Foundation and The Children’s Partnership, January 2010
- Express Lane Eligibility and Beyond: How Automated Enrollment Can Help Children Receive Medicaid and CHIP, Urban Institute, April 2009
- “Why Express Lane Eligibility Makes Sense for States and Low-Income Families.”, Children’s Partnership & Kaiser Family Foundation Report, October 2009.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) included many provisions designed to give states the tools they need to effectively enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). One of the key tools that CHIPRA created is the express lane eligibility (ELE) option. ELE provides states with important new avenues to ensure that children eligible for Medicaid or CHIP have a fast and simplified process for having their eligibility determined or renewed.
ELE permits states to rely on findings, for things like income, household size, or other factors of eligibility from another program designated as an express lane agency (ELA) to facilitate enrollment in health coverage. Express lane agencies may include: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), School Lunch, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Head Start, National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) among others. A state may also use information from state income tax data to identify children in families that might qualify and so that families do not have to submit income information.
We provide information below on how states are implementing Express Lane Eligibility. Learn more about the requirements for Express Lane Eligibility.
|Alabama||No||Yes||SNAP & TANF|
|Louisiana||No||Yes||SNAP & NSLP|
|South Carolina||No||Yes||SNAP & TANF|
Updated as of August 6, 2021