On these cross-cutting issues, the panel drew the following conclusions:
Federal-state cooperation is essential in developing a national strategy to disseminate “best data practices” across states.
The use of family identifiers on a sample basis for modeling, within the constraints of privacy considerations, is a tactic to be considered to match insurance coverage data from different datasets and to track health insurance coverage for children in the same family.
An appropriate federal or private national agency should undertake the following:
Develop a central repository for analytic expertise on methods for conducting sample audits.
Disseminate analytical models for handling missing data and survey nonresponses in statistical modeling.
Develop and share among the states protocols for obtaining qualitative information to assess reasons for lack of enrollment and for disenrollment.