Children’s Health

Report Highlights Effective State Strategies to Improve Lead Screening and Treatment in Children

More than 535,000 children in the United States under age five have high blood lead levels, and low-income and minority children who live in older housing are particularly at risk. This issue brief details the health impacts of lead toxicity in children and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements for screening and treatment under […]

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  • State and Federal Officials Explore Ways to Promote Healthy Child Development in a New Era
    Publications

    The first years of life significantly impact long-term health and well-being and policymakers have worked hard to create initiatives that help children during this important period. Recently, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) convened state and federal leaders from agencies serving young children to discuss innovative approaches to advance healthy child development in […]

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  • WV Medicaid Covers an Innovative and Less Costly Treatment Model for Opioid-Affected Infants
    State Health Policy Blog

    Each year, state Medicaid programs cover more than $1 billion to care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – a condition caused by opioid use during pregnancy. NAS often results in expensive hospital stays in order to treat the infant’s withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, poor feeding, seizures, and respiratory distress. Earlier this month, […]

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  • How the Bipartisan Budget Act Impacts Key State Health Care Programs
    State Health Policy Blog

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which continues government funding through March 23, 2018, addressed funding for several health care programs that heavily impact states. The temporary federal budget includes bipartisan agreement on discretionary budget caps for two years, which should help Congress put together a larger omnibus spending bill in March. The following outlines […]

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    February 13, 2018 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • AcademyHealth and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, are working with state health officials interested in improving their immunization rates to participate in a Community of Practice (CoP). Through a project funded by a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement, Immunization Barriers in […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Yesterday, after a three-day federal government shutdown, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) bill that was quickly signed into law to keep the federal government operating through Feb. 8, 2018. After months of delay, Congress included new, long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the CR. Since September 2017, when consistent federal […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    In early January, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) asked all state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid officials: How state CHIP funding exhaustion dates and contingency planning had changed as a result of the Dec. 22, 2017, continuing resolution that provided states with a short-term allotment of $2.85 billion, and What […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Congress’ short-term patch for the currently unfunded Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program may not be enough to avoid disenrolling families as some state officials predict they will exhaust these funds as soon as January and February. Uncertainty about the program’s future persists as states work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    On Dec. 21, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) bill to keep the federal government operational through Jan. 19, 2018, and it includes new, short-term federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Specifically, the CR: Provides $2.85 billion in new federal allotments to states for CHIP for the period from Oct. 1, 2017, […]

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  • Case Studies: Innovative State Programs That Promote Children’s Health
    Publications,State Health Policy Blog

    Many states use innovative approaches in their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid programs to improve the quality of pediatric care and preventive services. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal and Child Health, NASHP has developed several case studies that highlight successful initiatives […]

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