Children’s Health

Lessons from Project LAUNCH: Promoting Healthy Child Development through Behavioral Health Integration and Mental Health Consultation Where Children Live, Learn, and Grow

The first few years of life are critical to a child’s development, setting the foundation for success in school and overall health and well-being later in life. Recent research proves that providing early, skilled behavioral and mental health interventions in venues where young children and their families live and play is highly effective at improving […]

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  • Publications
    States Work to Improve Care for Children with Special Health Needs with Quality Measurement

    States Work to Improve Care for Children with Special Health Needs with Quality Measurement

    Improving the quality of care that children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) receive is a growing priority for state Medicaid programs. However, many quality improvement efforts are in their infancy as states work to overcome the challenges of measuring and assessing care quality for this vulnerable population. NASHP, with support from the […]

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  • State Checklist for Shutting Down CHIP Programs

    State Checklist for Shutting Down CHIP Programs

    Congress has not provided new funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and states are beginning to run out of CHIP funds. The 42 states with separate CHIP programs will need to begin closing them in the coming weeks and months, which will be very challenging, costly, and time consuming. See NASHP’s infographic that outlines the […]

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    November 21, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, CHIP Featured, Front Page

  • Toolkits
    Healthy Child Development State Resource Center

    Healthy Child Development State Resource Center

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    November 15, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, Toolkits

  • State Health Policy Blog
    Congressional Agreement on CHIP Needed Soon!

    Congressional Agreement on CHIP Needed Soon!

    How long would you drive your car with its gasoline gauge on empty when it’s full of people you care about as you speed along a highway? That was the analogy used by Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid officials during National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) annual conference held late last month. […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Week Three — Where Are We Now with CHIP Funding?

    Congress missed the Sept. 30, 2017, deadline to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), so there is currently no new or guaranteed future federal support for the program that covers an estimated 9 million children. There are two proposed bills to reauthorize CHIP – the Senate’s KIDS Act of 2017 and […]

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  • Webinars

    Medicaid Financing of Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 View the webinar recording and slides States have a long history of using home visiting to promote the health and well-being of women, children. and their families, and to target interventions for some of the most vulnerable populations. States typically support home visiting programs through an array of public and private […]

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    October 6, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, Webinars, Webinars

  • State Health Policy Blog
    Success Spurs Growth of Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

    Success Spurs Growth of Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

    Two decades ago, the majority of state Medicaid programs that served children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) relied on a traditional, fee-for-service model to pay for the complex mix of health care services that this group of children often need. But as states became more adept at designing new health care delivery […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Update: What’s Happening with CHIP?

    The Sept. 30, 2017, deadline has come and gone and Congress has not yet extended federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but for now, the estimated 9 million children enrolled in the program remain covered. This is possible because CHIP, a block grant-funded program, provided annual allotments to states and a portion […]

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    October 3, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Children's Health, State Health Policy Blog

  • State Health Policy Blog

    State Medicaid Payment Reform Strategies Promote Improved Birth Outcomes

    Improving birth outcomes, including reducing infant mortality, is a priority for state Medicaid agencies that finance nearly half of all births each year. Three states have proven to be creative and effective laboratories in developing initiatives that use Medicaid payment and delivery reform strategies to lower costs, improve access to postpartum care, reward high-quality care, […]

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