Children’s Health

State Officials Work to Harness Medicaid as a Change Agent to Increase Immunization Rates

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 […]

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

    Flurry of Bills Targeting the Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Families Reach Congress

    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 […]

    Read More
    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

    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 […]

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

    Health Services Initiative Gives States Unique Tools to Improve the Health of Low-Income Children

    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 […]

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

    How States Can Improve Access to Care for Children Under the Medicaid Managed Care Rule

    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 […]

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

    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. […]

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

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

    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 […]

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

    Oklahoma Uses Focus Groups to Identify Strategies to Better Serve Foster Care Youth

    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 […]

    Read More
  • Publications
    Report Highlights Effective State Strategies to Improve Lead Screening and Treatment in Children

    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 […]

    Read More
    April 10, 2018 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Medicaid, Publications

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

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

    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 […]

    Read More