Children’s Health

WV Medicaid Covers an Innovative and Less Costly Treatment Model for Opioid-Affected Infants

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

    How the Bipartisan Budget Act Impacts Key State Health Care Programs

    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

  • NASHP and AcademyHealth Invite State Medicaid, Public Health, and Immunization Officials to Join an Initiative to Boost Immunization Rates among Medicaid Enrollees

    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

    Latest Continuing Resolution Funds Six Years of CHIP

    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

    State CHIP Officials Speak Out on Impact of Congressional Funding Delay

    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

    Where Are We with CHIP Now?

    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

    Short-Term CHIP Funding Included in December 2017 Continuing Resolution

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

    Case Studies: Innovative State Programs That Promote Children’s Health

    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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  • Publications
    Frequently Asked Questions about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Updated December 2017 The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted in 1997 under Title XXI of the Social Security Act and has since provided critical health coverage to children in families with low to moderate incomes. In federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016,[1] more than 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP.[2] This fact sheet […]

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    December 8, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, CHIP Featured, Front Page, Publications

  • State Health Policy Blog
    December Is the Most Critical Month Yet for States’ CHIP Funding

    December Is the Most Critical Month Yet for States’ CHIP Funding

    Congressional inaction in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has put states – and the children and families CHIP covers– in a cliffhanger scenario. While there have been encouraging legislative steps taken to extend the program, the bill currently appears to be stalled. With the help of temporary, reallocated CHIP funding, states are continuing […]

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