Children’s Health

Medicaid and CHIP Levers to Promote Lead Screening and Treatment: Indiana’s Experience

Addressing lead hazards today generates future economic benefits and improved health outcomes for children. In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, NASHP is publishing a series of case studies highlighting state initiatives to promote lead screening and treatment. This study explores Indiana’s efforts to address this issue within its Medicaid and Children’s Health […]

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  • Medicaid pays a large share of treatment costs for children with behavioral health conditions. In 2011, more than 4 million children enrolled in Medicaid had a diagnosed behavioral health condition. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has developed an informational fact sheet summarizing Medicaid provisions that cover behavioral health treatment for children. The […]

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    July 27, 2018 | Filed under: All, Behavioral Health, Children's Health, Medicaid
  • State Officials Work to Harness Medicaid as a Change Agent to Increase Immunization Rates
    State Health Policy Blog

    Despite vaccines’ effectiveness in preventing infectious diseases and strong public funding for childhood immunizations, vaccination rates among children living in poverty remain stubbornly lower than for children living above poverty and who are privately insured. Recently, officials from several organizations, including the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), AcademyHealth, and the Colorado Children’s Immunization […]

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  • Flurry of Bills Targeting the Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Families Reach Congress
    State Health Policy Blog

    The country’s opioid crisis has had a devastating effect on women, children, and families, and continues to strain state health, foster care, and social service agency budgets. A flurry of bills has recently been introduced in Congress to prevent or reduce the effects of the opioid crisis and many directly impact families and children. The […]

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    July 17, 2018 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Strategies to Advance Medical Homes for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    Medical homes are critical components of comprehensive care systems for children and youth with special health needs (CYSHCN). They can reduce costs and improve outcomes and care experiences for CYSHCN and their families. This new report, State Strategies to Advance Medical Homes for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, examines effective strategies used […]

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  • Health Services Initiative Gives States Unique Tools to Improve the Health of Low-Income Children
    State Health Policy Blog

    With federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) assured through 2027, states can consider using a portion of their CHIP dollars to improve the health of low-income children through innovative Health Services Initiative (HSI). HSIs provide states with a mechanism to use CHIP administrative dollars to fund a range of activities beyond just […]

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  • How States Can Improve Access to Care for Children Under the Medicaid Managed Care Rule
    State Health Policy Blog

    Next month, states face new federal requirements for establishing and maintaining Medicaid managed care provider networks. As they work to comply with these new rules, states have an opportunity to strengthen access to care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Medicaid and requirements, which address how enrollees access care and the […]

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  • 50-State Scan of Lead Screening and Treatment Policies for Children and Pregnant Women

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children in 4 million households are exposed to high levels of lead. Elevated blood lead levels increase risk for damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, and learning, behavior, hearing, and speech problems, along with long-term financial financial and health implications. […]

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  • New Law Helps States Pay for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with Federal Foster Care Funds
    State Health Policy Blog

    The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), passed as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act in February 2018, presents a new funding option for states to provide mental health and substance abuse services in order to prevent the placement of children in foster care. The number of children entering foster care has increased in recent […]

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  • Oklahoma Uses Focus Groups to Identify Strategies to Better Serve Foster Care Youth
    State Health Policy Blog

    Oklahoma uses focus groups to identify ways to improve treatment guidelines, communication, and medication monitoring for foster care youth enrolled in Medicaid. May is National Foster Care Month and for the fourth consecutive year the number of children in foster care nationwide has climbed, fueled in part by the opioid epidemic, according to the Adoption and […]

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