Children’s Health

The Affordable Care Act is expected to result in millions of individu­als obtaining health care coverage—many for the first time. States have already invested significant resources to develop outreach and enrollment strategies to reduce the number of uninsured children. Lessons from children’s coverage programs, specifically the Children’s Health Insurance Pro­gram (CHIP) and Medicaid can help […]

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  • It’s decision time for states.  Do you know where your children are?
    State Health Policy Blog

    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
  • Publications

    The purchasing power of Medicaid can be a significant policy lever for promoting early childhood home visiting program quality and improving maternal and child health outcomes. With support from the Pew Home Visiting Campaign, NASHP conducted a literature review and environmental scan of state policies and practices, and facilitated a national expert panel to identify […]

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    June 19, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Publications
  • Publications

    A 1999 survey of states by the National Academy for State Health Policy sought to examine the specific policies and procedures states have adopted to minimize these barriers and to ensure that the health care needs of children in foster care are met. The survey questionnaire was mailed to both Medicaid and Chief Welfare officials […]

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  • Publications

    According to a 1995 report by the General Accounting Office, the 300,000 children living in foster care are among the most vulnerable children in the U.S. As a group, they are sicker than homeless children and children living in the poorest sections of inner cities. This high level of health care need makes health care […]

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  • Publications

    For a complete slide presentation, click here.   This is the second of a two-part webinar series on children’s coverage. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides numerous tools for states to improve health coverage, including for children. However, the focus in implementation is primarily on the adults who will become newly eligible for affordable coverage […]

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    June 4, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications
  • Webinars

    State health agencies can catalyze the development of systems to improve care coordination between primary care and community service providers. This NASHP webinar, sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, focuses on lessons from ABCD III states as they developed quality improvement (QI) projects in partnership with physicians and community organizations to improve care coordination for children […]

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  • Publications

    How can states help primary care providers (PCPs) and community service providers coordinate care? In NASHP’s third Assuring Better Child Health and Development learning collaborative (ABCD III), five state teams (AR, IL, OK, OR, and MN) have piloted projects to systematize care coordination between PCPs of young children with potential developmental delay and community providers, […]

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  • Webinars

    Early Intervention services can play a valuable role in promoting the healthy development of at-risk infants and young children. All too often, however, families and children who would benefit from Early Intervention services face barriers to accessing them. This Alumni webinar, sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, focused on a new study that identifies potential barriers […]

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    May 14, 2012 | Filed under: Care Coordination, Children's Health, Webinars
  • Publications

    With passage of the Affordable Care Act, the stakes for children’s coverage perhaps have never been higher. Children potentially have much to gain in coverage for themselves and for their parents. However, they also have much to lose in shifting attention, and in unintended consequences of reforms focused on adults. To examine the options for […]

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    May 14, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications