Children’s Health

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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  • 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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  • Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the EPSDT Benefit
    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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  • The high prevalence of uncontrolled asthma among child populations served by Medicaid programs and the associated rising costs often are the impetus for states to improve the quality of care provided to children with asthma. New opportunities to comprehensively address asthma and its triggers are emerging through state and national health care delivery system and […]

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  • Publications

    The early years of a child’s life are critical for growth and development. Identifying developmental delays early and providing appropriate referral and treatment can help prevent more severe issues as well as considerable costs. State Medicaid agencies can play an important role in promoting early identification of developmental delays by reimbursing and tracking the use […]

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  • State Strategies for Promoting Children’s Preventive Services
    Maps

    *Map and chart updated as of September 28, 2016* States have the option of implementing performance measurement, incentives or improvement projects, often as part of broad health system transformation efforts, to promote children and adolescents’ access to preventive services. This series of maps and accompanying chart illustrate state-specific Medicaid or CHIP performance improvement projects, measures, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is currently set to end in September 2017, and states need to be prepared for the possibility that Congress will not act to extend the funding. Medicaid expansion CHIP programs are required through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) maintenance of effort (MOE) provision to maintain eligibility […]

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