Children’s Health

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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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    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 […]

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

    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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