State Medicaid programs are pioneering innovative strategies for reaching adolescents, both to increase the rate of adolescent well-care visits and to strengthen the provider-adolescent relationship. While adolescents are a challenging population to reach—well-care visit rates decline as children age into adolescence—they are a particularly critical group to target under the Medicaid benefit because adolescence is a time of dramatic physical, cognitive, social, and emotional change.
This NASHP webinar offers a federal perspective from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on opportunities and promising strategies for states to leverage the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents to better engage and meet the needs of adolescents. This is followed by a conversation with presenters from two states about initiatives they have launched to better serve adolescents using the Medicaid benefit for children. Participants learn about these states’ strategies for getting Medicaid-enrolled adolescents the services they need, and key lessons learned in implementing them.
This webinar is the second in a series on the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents: future webinars will delve more deeply into additional topics on health services for children. In conjunction with this webinar series, NASHP recently launched a Resource Map to disseminate state-specific resources and information about strategies that state policymakers and Medicaid officials can use to deliver the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents.
- Elizabeth Hill, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Marian Earls, Lead Pediatric Consultant for Community Care of North Carolina and lead on state CHIPRA quality demonstration
- Sarah Nickels, Co-Director, School-Based Health Center Improvement Project, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment