Children’s Health

State Levers to Promote Lead Screening and Treatment: Rhode Island’s Strategies

Addressing lead hazards today generates future economic benefits and improved health outcomes for children. In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Academy for State Health Policy is publishing a series of case studies highlighting effective state initiatives to promote lead screening and treatment. This study explores how Rhode Island has used […]

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  • Publications
    Case Studies: How Indiana and Maryland Used Medicaid and CHIP Levers to Promote Lead Screening and Treatment

    Case Studies: How Indiana and Maryland Used Medicaid and CHIP Levers to Promote Lead Screening and Treatment

    Updated Aug. 15, 2019 Addressing lead hazards today generates future economic benefits and improved health outcomes for children. In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, NASHP features case studies highlighting state initiatives to promote lead screening and treatment. The studies below explore Maryland and Indiana’s efforts to use Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance […]

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  • Fact and Figures: How Medicaid Covers Behavioral Health Treatment in Children

    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: Behavioral Health, Children's Health, Medicaid

  • State Health Policy Blog
    State Officials Work to Harness Medicaid as a Change Agent to Increase Immunization Rates

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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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

    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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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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. […]

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  • 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 […]

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