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.

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