Children’s Health

Care coordination has long been a core component of state efforts to improve health outcomes, reduce caregiver and patient burden, decrease health care costs, and strengthen systems of care for children and adults with chronic and complex conditions.   The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s […]

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    Connecticut’s Interagency Partnerships Help Promote Child Health Screenings

    Connecticut has mobilized a wide array of stakeholder partnerships to achieve notable advancements in childhood developmental and behavioral health screenings by providers. Each year, states report their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program changes, accomplishments, and challenges to the federal government through the CHIP Annual Report Template System (CARTS). In Connecticut’s latest 2018 report, the […]

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    A Snapshot of State Efforts to Reach and Enroll Children for State Medicaid and CHIP Programs

    In 2018, the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) declined 2.2 percent. It is not known if these children moved to other sources of health coverage, like employer-sponsored insurance, or became uninsured until publication of the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey this fall. However, last year’s decline […]

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    Minnesota and Indiana Governors Work to Improve Social Equity and Health in Every Zip Code

    In their 2019 state of the state speeches, 13 governors addressed social equity, acknowledging that reducing inequities and improving opportunities for all residents improves lives and health outcomes. Two of them — Indiana and Minnesota – offer examples of how states are orchestrating their legislative and administrative efforts to reduce health disparities and promote social […]

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  • Publications

    Oklahoma Promotes Healthy Child Development through Increased Well-Child Visits and Screenings Using Innovative Funding

    Developmental screening can lead to early intervention during a child’s first years – a critical time in children’s development. Oklahoma recently took steps to increase well-child visits and developmental screening during children’s first three years of life through a Health Services Initiative (HSI), which uses Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) administrative dollars to support children’s […]

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    States Take Action to Improve and Expand Early Childhood Education

    Participation in early childhood education programs has been linked to better health, higher educational achievement, and higher socioeconomic status in adulthood. Given that programs have been shown to yield a $2 to $4 return for every $1 invested, many states are looking upstream and investing in the education of their youngest residents. What governors are […]

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  • Leveraging CHIP to Improve Children’s Health: An Overview of State Health Services Initiatives

    Through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), states can develop Health Services Initiatives (HSIs) to improve the health of low-income children and youth. While HSIs can serve children of all incomes, they must be designed to directly improve the health of children under age 19 who are eligible for CHIP and/or Medicaid.

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    Vermont Uses an Accountable Care Organization Model to Promote Developmental Screenings during Well-Child Visits

    Without early identification and treatment of development delays, children may face long-lasting and costly consequences. With more states reporting their developmental screening Child Core Set measures and new federal initiatives promoting value-based payment for children’s health, Vermont’s innovative affordable care organization’s approach can provide valuable insights. This fact sheet describes Vermont’s strategy to prioritize developmental […]

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    New Medicaid Funding Could Help States Better Integrate Care for Children with Medical Complexity

    Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1839), which contains funding mechanisms and reforms that allow states to improve care coordination for children enrolled in Medicaid. As of early this week, the bill was on the President’s desk awaiting his signature. This legislation significantly gives states […]

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    New Governors Take the Long View in Addressing Early Childhood Development

    State policymakers have historically promoted early childhood development improvements, but this year a growing number are acknowledging children’s early years as critical in determining their future health and success during adulthood. As a result, governors are promoting investments in the future health of their states by focusing resources on their youngest citizens. This investment can […]

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