The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) third annual open enrollment period kicked off November 1st and continues through January 31, 2016. During this time, individuals can enroll or renew coverage in qualified health plans through state and federal exchanges. The ACA’s open enrollment period is a great time to focus on reaching and enrolling children as […]
State health policy leaders from all 50 states and the District of Columbia converged in Dallas for our largest-ever annual conference. Packed sessions and hallway conversations had the place abuzz with ideas and challenges as states move ahead with system-changing reforms. Without the brainpower of our members and attendees identifying key issues and best practices […]
Medicaid programs nationwide are mandated to use the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit to improve the health of low-income children with special physical, emotional, and developmental health care needs. This benefit supports children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) by ensuring they receive individualized health care when they need it—provided those services are deemed medically […]
States have made great strides in enrolling and retaining children in health coverage over the past several years. However, once enrolled, children do not always access screenings and preventive services. A missed well-child visit or a skipped developmental screening can result in undiagnosed and untreated medical issues that when discovered can be costly to treat. […]
This brief shares strategies for finding, enrolling, and retaining children in health coverage, which other states can implement relatively quickly and inexpensively. Many of these promising practices are the direct result of the strong working relationships between state officials and advocates and coalesce around several themes: Targeting outreach efforts to specific populations. Engaging and educating […]
Although federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was recently extended through FFY2017, it is unclear if CHIP will continue beyond that date. As a result, children may need to transition to other sources of coverage in the future.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015: Multiple state agencies and organizations are working to identify and support children with special physical, emotional and developmental disabilities. Coordination and collaboration across systems, including the sharing of data, increases the ability for states to identify children at risk and ensure they are receiving the appropriate health, mental health and developmental services. This webinar features three states discussing collaborations across state programs that impact the identification and treatment of children in need of specific services.
Thursday, February 26, 2015: The webinar focused on the value of developmental screenings for children and the Developmental Screening measure of the Core Set of Children’s Health Care Quality Measures for Medicaid and CHIP. Participants heard about Illinois’ efforts to use policy levers to engage providers in developmental screening, and how the measure is used within the State; and federal efforts to promote the performance and measurement of developmental screenings, and upcoming opportunities for technical assistance.