Many states are transforming their health care delivery systems to improve health and control costs. Reducing health disparities — and addressing their social and economic causes — is at the heart of many of these efforts.
In its understandable urgency to build a long-needed national strategy on COVID-19, the Biden Administration faces a patchwork of state-based initiatives that can simultaneously support and confound a new national strategy. The previous Administration made states the frontlines against COVID-19 and, working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), states have built […]
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).
Update: On Jan. 27, 2021, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) notified stakeholders that the earlier announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that physicians will no longer have to obtain a federal waiver to prescribe the opioid use disorder treatment buprenorphine to patients – as described in this blog – will not […]
Faced with limited vaccine supplies, a slow rollout of federal funds, and new federal guidelines allowing vaccination of those 65 and older, states face distribution challenges as they quickly evaluate which mass immunization practices are most effective.
Though largely preventable, tooth decay (caries) is the most common chronic disease in US children, affecting approximately 23 percent of children ages 2 to 5., Texas’s First Dental Home and its enhanced bundled payment has increased access to preventive dental service and improved the oral health of Medicaid-enrolled children ages 6 to 35 months. Providing […]
Inequities in dental care are prevalent across the United States, with significant disparities based on age, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Economic factors, such as ability to pay for dental insurance, and social factors such as food insecurity and access to nutritious food options also play a large role in oral health outcomes. In Michigan, […]
Last month, Congress extended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium until Jan. 31, 2021. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, the nation faces a housing crisis with an estimated 30 to 40 million renters at risk of eviction. States are stepping up to provide additional protections and some governors are issuing […]