Medicaid

Dentists cite three primary reasons for their low participation in state Medicaid programs: low reimbursement rates, burdensome administrative requirements, and problematic patient behaviors. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a number of states took dramatic steps to try to improve access to dental care in Medicaid. Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington […]

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    Medicaid medically needy programs allow states the option to expand Medicaid coverage to people with high medical expenses and who otherwise would be ineligible due to income or resource limits. To qualify, individuals “spend down” into Medicaid coverage by paying out-of-pocket medical expenses to lower their income to a predetermined level. Currently, 33 states and […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Publications
  • 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
  • Juvenile justice agencies face a significant challenge meeting the health needs of the youth in their systems. Medicaid, which provides health coverage to more than half of all low-income children in this country, can be a vital partner in juvenile justice reform efforts. However, coordination between juvenile justice systems and state Medicaid programs can be […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, Medicaid
  • NASHP would like to share a fact sheet we received from CMS providing guidance on increased Medicaid and Title IV-E funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to helping to promote economic recovery through our implementation of the American Recovery and […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid
  • Publications

    This paper discusses the options that states have to include dental benefits in a health care reform plan, if the state desires to do so. Oral health resides, for all intents and purposes, in a different world from general health. Dental care is separate in financing and insurance; provider education, licensing, and regulation; and service […]

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    March 24, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications
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    Youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems often share many traits: a history of abuse or neglect, mental health and substance abuse needs, low incomes, and likely eligibility for public insurance programs. For both populations, custody transitions provide an opportunity to screen youth for Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) eligibility. […]

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    March 23, 2009 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, Medicaid, Publications
  • Publications

    Early access to high-quality child health care and development programs builds a foundation that ensures each child the optimum chance to grow strong physically, emotionally, and socially. Medicaid, the primary insurer for more than a quarter of all children in the United States, is the critical link to building this foundation for poor and low-income […]

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    March 23, 2009 | Filed under: Care Coordination, Medicaid, Publications
  • Most Americans assume that our health insurance safety net covers the poor, regardless of family status.  In reality, a majority of uninsured Americans are low-income, childless adults who are not eligible for public health insurance programs. Out of the approximately 47 million people who are currently uninsured in the United States, 34 percent or 16 […]

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    March 23, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid
  • Publications

    State policies have a strong influence on the ability of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to participate in managed care arrangements. The 2000 Institute of Medicine report, “America’s Health Care Safety Net: Intact but Endangered,” examined the impact of Medicaid managed care on the future integrity and viability of safety net providers, such as community […]

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    March 19, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Publications