Children’s Health

As state and federal government officials race to meet Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation deadlines much of their attention has been focused on adults who will be newly eligible for health coverage.  Health insurance exchanges (exchanges) or marketplaces need to be prepared to serve children’s needs as well.  The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), an […]

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  • Publications

    There are compelling reasons to consider how the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can be used as a resource to meet the child-specific exchange requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, NASHP analyzed federal statutes, regulations, and guidance for CHIP and the exchange, and interviewed state […]

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    March 15, 2013 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications, State Exchanges
  • Webinars

    Since 2000, the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program has helped 27 states create models of service delivery and financing for early child development services, particularly for children covered by Medicaid.  During this webinar, Melinda Abrams of The Commonwealth Fund described the national effect of ABCD on policy and practice.  Speakers from Minnesota […]

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    December 13, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Webinars
  • Publications

    Through Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) III, Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Oregon have developed and tested models to improve care coordination for children with or at risk of developmental delay.  The medical home has been a key mechanism in their improvement efforts. This brief draws from these states’ experiences to outline opportunities […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    All children enrolled in Medicaid are entitled to dental benefits as part of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program (EPSDT), but only 40 percent of enrolled children had a dental visit in 2010. Access to dental care remains an issue for children, and states report that most dentists treat few or no […]

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    November 7, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Oral Health, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    By Carla Plaza November 2012 If you build it will they come? If history repeats itself, they will, but not without intentional, focused efforts to reach, assist and enroll individuals and families into health care coverage. Prior to the enactment of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), very little emphasis was placed on marketing public health […]

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  • 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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    October 9, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Publications

    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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    August 27, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications
  • 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