Children’s Health

Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the U.S., with serious health and social consequences for millions of children. Medicaid alone now serves some 4 million obese children. States are growing increasingly concerned about the issue and are focusing energy and resources on addressing it. This report details state efforts to combat this complex and […]

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    This report is designed to assist states in assessing the effectiveness of their efforts to strengthen mental health services for very young children. The paper is an outgrowth of the work conducted by the five states involved in the ABCD II Consortium, an initiative of NASHP and The Commonwealth Fund that seeks to improve the […]

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    This report summarizes the lessons learned from a four-state collaborative concerned with strengthening the capacity of the health care system to support the early development of children from low-income families. The consortium was the first effort in the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) initiative conducted by NASHP. The report details both the significant […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications
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    This paper summarizes the results of a meeting convened as a means of engaging state, federal, provider, and consumer experts from the child mental health and maternal child health fields in a conversation about how to develop stronger collaborative approaches to improve systems for child and adolescent mental health. The meeting was based on the […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Care Coordination, Children's Health, Publications
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    This State Health Policy Briefing discusses the August 17, 2007 letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which has major implications for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and children’s health coverage. Among states and advocates alike, there is concern that aspects of the directive work against achieving the goals of […]

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  • This State Health Policy Briefing explores recent decisions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which have serious implications for states striving to expand health coverage for children. Download available here. While Congress was debating the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 2007, CMS issued a directive and other […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid
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    Over the past decade, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has made great strides in increasing health care coverage among youth under age 19. However, this overall success masks an important disparity – adolescents are more likely to be uninsured than younger children. As state policy makers and program administrators seek to build on […]

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    March 23, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications
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    This State Health Policy Briefing describes some of the most common strategies states use to achieve universal children’s coverage, including expanding public programs and creating other opportunities for families with uninsured children, such as through buy-in programs and premium assistance programs. It is based primarily on interviews conducted with senior administrators from eight state Medicaid […]

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    Charting SCHIP II: An Analysis of the Second Comprehensive Survey of State Children’s Health Insurance Programs is the second report published in a series that examine the policies and strategies that states use to manage their CHIP programs. These reports draw on information NASHP has collected through surveys conducted since 1998. Charting CHIP II represents […]

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    March 23, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications
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    Children must be healthy in order to learn. Their motor skills, coordination, and overall physical health affect social-emotional and cognitive development and academic achievement. The domains of child development are interrelated, demanding a multi-sector approach to foster healthy development. Yet, cross-sector service coordination remains a challenge. Increasingly, states are recognizing that healthy development requires attention […]

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    March 23, 2009 | Filed under: Care Coordination, Children's Health, Publications