Children’s Health

Health care delivery system innovations in Medicaid have primarily focused on adult populations as states seek to improve the quality of care and control costs for beneficiaries with chronic and complex health care needs.  Many innovations in child-serving systems have been integrated into broader state reforms for adults and through Centers for Medicaid and Medicare […]

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  • State of the State speeches provide governors with an opportunity to highlight recent policy successes as well as outline key plans and issue areas of focus for the coming year. These speeches are generally strong indicators of governors’ main priorities and sometimes also include specific proposal suggestions and funding recommendations for deliberation by legislatures. Currently, […]

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  • State Medicaid agencies and CHIP programs play a significant role in their state’s lead screening procedures and provision of treatment services for children. This fact sheet was created following a recent webinar with state officials to share key information. It provides data on lead toxicity in children, the potential health impacts, the federal CMS requirements for screening […]

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  • Publications

    Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to end on September 30, 2017 without Congressional action. In December 2016, The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) surveyed state CHIP officials to learn about any recent changes in their CHIP programs and how states are budgeting and planning for CHIP considering its uncertain future. […]

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    February 16, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Publications
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Preterm birth, which accounts for approximately 11.5 percent of all births and 50 percent of pregnancy-related costs, is the largest cause of infant morbidity and mortality. This creates a significant burden on the U.S. healthcare system. A leading strategy for decreasing infant morbidity and mortality related to preterm birth is for states to use perinatal […]

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  • Selected State Initiatives on Medicaid Financing of Perinatal Regionalization

    Today, nearly 40 states have a system of risk appropriate perinatal care. As the payer for nearly half of all births nationwide, Medicaid is a key partner in the financing of perinatal regionalization. Medicaid covers specific services that can maximize access to risk-appropriate care for mothers and infants, including the coverage of pre- and post-natal […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Research has shown that a quality home visit by a nurse, social worker, early childhood educator or other trained personnel during pregnancy and early parenting can improve the lives of families and their children both at an early age and well into adolescence and early adulthood. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and […]

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  • NASHP in collaboration with the National Center for Medical Home Implementation developed a new fact sheet addressing challenges and opportunities to provision of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) enrolled in Medicaid managed care. The fact sheet identifies states that leverage Medicaid managed care to advance the pediatric medical home […]

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    November 10, 2016 | Filed under: Children's Health
  • Publications,State Health Policy Blog

    If federal funding is not extended for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beyond September 2017, some children may need to transition to exchange coverage. NASHP’s new brief examines potential options and policy questions for improving exchange coverage for children in terms of both affordability and pediatric benefit adequacy. NASHP convened a group of stakeholders including […]

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  • Publications

    State Medicaid agencies are working to provide comprehensive health care services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), currently the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States for individuals under age 21. This brief highlights information from the 2014 CMS Informational Bulletin providing clarification on services to be provided to Medicaid-eligible children with ASD […]

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