Medicaid

This State Health Policy Monitor gives an overview of the key features of state laws designed to expand dependent coverage options for young adults. Policy makers are becoming aware that young adults are the fastest growing group of uninsured in America. In fact, they are more likely to be uninsured than any other age group. […]

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  • Cost-Effectiveness of Medicaid Family Planning Demonstrations

    Following the lead of two pioneering states – Rhode Island and South Carolina – that sought to expand access to family planning services for women of childbearing age, 26 states now operate Medicaid family planning waiver programs. The programs help women avoid unintended pregnancy, improve maternal and child health, and save states millions of dollars. […]

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    March 26, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid

  • Publications

    Chronic Homelessness and High Users of Health Services: Report from a Meeting to Explore a Strategy for Reducing Medicaid Spending While Improving Care

    There is evidence that homeless people, especially the chronically homeless, incur high health care costs, much of which may be paid for with Medicaid funds. There is also evidence that health care costs are reduced when homeless people with intensive medical needs enter supportive housing, which combines affordable, stable housing with care workers who assist […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Publications

  • Health Outcomes and Lower Costs Associated with Medicaid Family Planning Waivers

    This State Health Policy Briefing is the fourth in a series that examines the status of Medicaid family planning waivers, and provides an overview of the health outcomes associated with expanding family planning coverage. Twenty-six states have Medicaid §1115 family planning waivers to help promote reproductive health, help women avoid unintended pregnancies, and improve infant […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid

  • Publications

    The Effects of Medicaid Reimbursement Rates on Access to Dental Care

    Dentists cite three primary reasons for their low participation in state Medicaid programs: low reimbursement rates, burdensome administrative requirements, and problematic patient behaviors. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a number of states took dramatic steps to try to improve access to dental care in Medicaid. Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications

  • Publications

    Medically Needy: An Option Worth Revisiting?

    Medicaid medically needy programs allow states the option to expand Medicaid coverage to people with high medical expenses and who otherwise would be ineligible due to income or resource limits. To qualify, individuals “spend down” into Medicaid coverage by paying out-of-pocket medical expenses to lower their income to a predetermined level. Currently, 33 states and […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Publications

  • Examining a Major Policy Shift: New Federal Limits on Medicaid Coverage for Children

    This State Health Policy Briefing explores recent decisions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which have serious implications for states striving to expand health coverage for children. Download available here. While Congress was debating the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in 2007, CMS issued a directive and other […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid

  • A Medicaid Primer for Juvenile Justice Officials

    Juvenile justice agencies face a significant challenge meeting the health needs of the youth in their systems. Medicaid, which provides health coverage to more than half of all low-income children in this country, can be a vital partner in juvenile justice reform efforts. However, coordination between juvenile justice systems and state Medicaid programs can be […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, Medicaid

  • Medicaid and Title IV-E funding in the ARRA 2009

    NASHP would like to share a fact sheet we received from CMS providing guidance on increased Medicaid and Title IV-E funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to helping to promote economic recovery through our implementation of the American Recovery and […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid

  • Publications

    State Health Reform: How Do Dental Benefits Fit In? Options for Policy Makers

    This paper discusses the options that states have to include dental benefits in a health care reform plan, if the state desires to do so. Oral health resides, for all intents and purposes, in a different world from general health. Dental care is separate in financing and insurance; provider education, licensing, and regulation; and service […]

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    March 24, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications