To improve the quality of services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and reduce health care costs, states are implementing strategies to improve access to home health services. Of particular importance as states confront COVID-19-related budget challenges, home health services can help to avoid costly emergency department use, hospitalizations, and institutional […]
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About Kate Honsberger
Kate Honsberger is a senior policy associate at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), where she works on projects related to children’s health coverage and access. Prior to joining NASHP in January 2015, she worked for the Virginia Health Care Foundation where she oversaw the Foundation’s child health insurance initiatives, including an outreach and enrollment assistance grant program and a Medicaid and CHIP training program. She also spoke to various audiences aout the public health insurance options available to children and pregnant women and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on those programs.
Kate has also held positions at the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services in the Maternal and Child Health Division and in the administration of Governor Timothy M. Kaine. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington.
Entries by Kate Honsberger
More than a dozen states have recently submitted 1115 waiver applications that have the potential to safeguard access to care and increase support for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. If approved, these 1115 waivers would be retroactively to March 1, 2020, and expire “no later than 60 days after the end of the public health […]
States and the federal government are taking unprecedented steps to address the health needs of individuals impacted by COVID-19, including children and adults with chronic and complex health care conditions who are vulnerable to infection and to changes in the health care delivery system that may impact their ability to access much-needed primary and specialty […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a request for information (RFI) for input from states, providers, health systems, and families to better coordinate care from out-of-state providers for children with complex health conditions enrolled in Medicaid. The deadline to submit comments is March 23, 2020. States have long addressed issues of […]
Care coordination has long been a core component of state efforts to improve health outcomes, reduce caregiver and patient burden, decrease health care costs, and strengthen systems of care for children and adults with chronic and complex conditions. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s […]
Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1839), which contains funding mechanisms and reforms that allow states to improve care coordination for children enrolled in Medicaid. As of early this week, the bill was on the President’s desk awaiting his signature. This legislation significantly gives states […]
An increasing number of state Medicaid agencies are using managed care to provide long-term services and supports to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). This new NASHP issue brief explores the strategies and critical contract language and policies that states are using to implement these Medicaid managed care programs to provide long-term […]
For years, states have used managed care delivery systems to help control costs and improve health care and outcomes for adult Medicaid beneficiaries with complex health care needs. Now, more than a dozen states are using managed care to provide long-term services and supports (LTSS) to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). […]