State Health Policy Blog

The Assuring Better Child Health and Development Initiative (ABCD) was formed in 2000 with a focus on supporting young children’s healthy development because there was strong evidence and growing recognition that early intervention can change the trajectory of a child’s life. Children at risk for developmental delay were not being identified as early as they […]

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    By Katharine Witgert September 2012 It’s back-to-school time in many families, but kids – and moms – can benefit from teaching and learning much earlier in life, too. Home visits to new and expectant mothers help ensure that both mothers and children receive needed health services and can improve health and life outcomes in cost-effective ways. […]

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    September 10, 2012 | Filed under: Medicaid, Population & Public Health, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Carrie Hanlon August 2012 Racial and ethnic minorities disproportionately experience chronic disease, often receive suboptimal quality care and therefore can benefit most from delivery reform initiatives aiming to improve quality and care coordination, particularly for the chronically ill.  Through a variety of provisions, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) facilitates state and federal action to […]

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  • It’s decision time for states.  Do you know where your children are?
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    By Catherine Hess July 2012 As the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) recent webinars The Future of CHIP and Children’s Coverage and Keeping a Focus on Children in Health Care Reform conveyed, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes boosts for children’s coverage but raises myriad questions and issues.  The country has achieved tremendous […]

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    July 13, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Nicole Dunifon July 2012 This blog post was originally published on State Refor(u)m’s Sate of Implementation Blog Many states are seizing the opportunity to draw down a 90 percent federal matching rate to design and develop new and upgraded Medicaid eligibility systems to support seamless enrollment. To secure the 90 percent match, states must […]

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    By Jill Rosenthal June 2012 North Carolina’s success in developing a statewide infrastructure that supports a robust primary care system has resulted in better health outcomes, lower cost, and a new way of organizing and improving health in the state.  This success is due largely to its ability to synchronize and align initiatives within the […]

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    Sarabeth Zemel December 2011 This blog post was originally published on State Refor(u)m’s State of Implementation Blog. Earlier this month, eight states gathered in Washington, DC for an annual meeting of grantees of the Maximizing Enrollment program, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative directed by NASHP that aims to help states improve enrollment and retention […]

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    December 1, 2011 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Catherine Hess May 2011 This blog post was originally published on Health Affairs Grant Watch Blog Catherine Hess of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) reports on how foundations are supporting efforts to foster dialogue between states and stakeholders during implementation of health reform. Facts, not ideology, should ground discussions was among the […]

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