Despite a federal rule change that allows states to bill Medicaid for school-based physical and behavioral health services provided to all Medicaid-enrolled students, many states struggle to overcome the persistent and complex billing challenges associated with receiving Medicaid reimbursement for delivery of these critical services. To access additional Medicaid funds to expand school-based behavioral health […]
To date, there have been more than 2 million COVID-19 infections in US children and 8,000 pediatric hospitalizations. As states begin vaccinating those age 16 and older, many are drafting plans and applying lessons learned from their existing vaccination initiatives for the day when a vaccine is authorized for younger children.
Enacted in 2018, the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) significantly reformed the child welfare system and allowed states to use Title IV-E funds to reduce out-of-home placements for children and youth. When those placements are necessary, the FFPSA authorized specific types of allowable congregate settings, including qualified residential treatment programs (QRTPs).
Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families face unique hardships in accessing school-based health services during COVID-19, especially children of color, those experiencing poverty, and those living in rural areas who have limited access to technology and acute socioeconomic needs. States are developing unique strategies to support the health needs […]
Family caregivers help Medicaid enrollees safely stay in their own homes, prevent or delay hospital and nursing facility stays, and provide personal care services that Medicaid agencies would otherwise need to pay for. However, there are strong indications that family caregivers need additional supports, which would benefit the Medicaid enrollees in their care. Recognizing family […]
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has released a new set of standards to help states provide high-quality care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Care coordination is an important strategy to improve the quality of health care and reduce costs, and state officials are increasingly using it […]