Children’s Health

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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  • 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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    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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    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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    State Strategies for Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    State Strategies for Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    Care coordination is an essential component of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). When successfully implemented, it can improve care, reduce costs, avoid fragmented and duplicative care, and improve family functioning and satisfaction. As states work to provide quality care coordination, many are adopting shared plans of care (SPoC) to […]

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    Why Shared Plans of Care Are Critical to Coordinated Care and How States Are Implementing Them

    Why Shared Plans of Care Are Critical to Coordinated Care and How States Are Implementing Them

    Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) can require significant care coordination across a continuum of health and social services. Improved care coordination for CYSHCN can lead to better outcomes for CYSHCN, as well as cost savings for states. To achieve those goals, state Medicaid agencies and Title V CYSHCN programs are increasingly […]

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    How States Are Meeting the Needs of Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

    How States Are Meeting the Needs of Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic is having a devastating impact on children and families and placing a significant strain on states as they work to develop effective programs and find new funding to respond to this crisis. To address the crisis and promote healthy child development, states are implementing innovative whole-family approaches to prevention and treatment (see […]

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    State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis

    State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis

    The opioid epidemic continues to have devastating consequences for children and families across the country, with growing social and financial implications for states. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), in partnership with the Alliance for Early Success, interviewed Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Virginia officials representing state Medicaid, child welfare, and behavioral health programs […]

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