Children’s Health

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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  • Publications

    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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    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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  • Maps
    How States Promote Lead Screening and Treatment

    How States Promote Lead Screening and Treatment

    Updated March 26, 2019 Across the country, states use a variety of strategies to promote lead screening and treatment for children and pregnant women. Elevated blood lead levels increase the risk of damage to the brain and nervous system, slow growth, and development, and can cause learning, behavior, hearing, and speech problems. These maps feature […]

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    March 25, 2019 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Maps, Population & Public Health

  • State Health Policy Blog

    How the President’s Proposed Budget Impacts Critical State Health Programs

    The President’s 2020 budget request proposes a 12 percent reduction in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget, compared to 2019 federal fiscal year (FFY) funding levels. The following highlights some of the key components of the President’s proposed $87.1 billion HHS budget proposal that could impact state health programs. Affordable Care […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Considerations for States Crafting Budgets to Support Children’s Coverage

    After months of uncertainty and a three-month federal funding lapse, in early 2018 Congress passed the HEALTHY KIDS and ACCESS Acts, which appropriated federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through federal fiscal year (FFY) 2027. While the HEALTHY KIDS and ACCESS Acts’ long-term funding stabilizes CHIP programs and helps states develop forward-focused […]

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  • Publications

    States Use Policy Levers and Emerging Research to Address Antipsychotic Use in Children in Foster Care

    State policymakers must often take action during an emerging crisis even when evidence identifying the best policy approach is not be available. This report, Evidence-Based Policymaking Is an Iterative Process: A Case Study of Antipsychotic Use among Children in the Foster Care System, explores successful state responses to dramatic increases in antipsychotic prescription rates in Medicaid-enrolled children […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    CMS Releases State Funding to Improve Integrated Care for Children and Pregnant and Postpartum Women Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP

    Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two highly anticipated initiatives — the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model and the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model — which will provide multi-year funding to states to improve integrated care for maternal and child health populations enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health […]

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  • Publications
    State Options for Promoting Recovery among Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid or Substance Use Disorder

    State Options for Promoting Recovery among Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid or Substance Use Disorder

    The opioid epidemic has heightened states’ efforts to prevent and treat of substance use disorder (SUD) in pregnant and parenting women. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, interviewed Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Texas officials about the unique interagency approaches they are using to promote recovery […]

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