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By Scott Holladay March 2013 The goal of evidence-based supported employment is to place individuals with serious mental illness in real, competitive jobs. This evidence–based practice (EBP) is highly effective, resulting in competitive employment at nearly three times the rate of other vocational services.[1] Studies comparing supported employment with day treatment have shown similar results.[2] […]

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    By Alice M. Weiss, J.D. February 2013 As states embark on the final stretch before new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage options begin in 2014, most are finding their sprint has turned into more of an obstacle course, with late-breaking guidance posing new hurdles and surprises around every bend. Given all this, […]

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    February 8, 2013 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Larry Hinkle December 2012 Many state officials are turning their attention to the most neglected leg of the Triple Aim: improving the health of populations, which along with improving the experience of care, and reducing per capita costs of health care, is essential for system transformation efforts. The critical need to integrate population health […]

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    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
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    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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    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
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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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