Publications

Children must be healthy in order to learn. Their motor skills, coordination, and overall physical health affect social-emotional and cognitive development and academic achievement. The domains of child development are interrelated, demanding a multi-sector approach to foster healthy development. Yet, cross-sector service coordination remains a challenge. Increasingly, states are recognizing that healthy development requires attention […]

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    State Policy Improvements that Support Effective Identification of Children At-Risk for Developmental Delay

    The success of the ABCD Initiative provides lessons for states and other entities wishing to improve the quality of health care while controlling costs and improving efficiency.  Identifying and implementing key processes to improve state policies affecting screening in primary care are the focus of this brief.  ABCD states changed state statutes, state regulations, contracts, […]

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    March 23, 2009 | Filed under: Publications

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    Policies and Strategies to Make Medicaid Managed Care Work for FQHCs: Experiences from Two States

    State policies have a strong influence on the ability of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to participate in managed care arrangements. The 2000 Institute of Medicine report, “America’s Health Care Safety Net: Intact but Endangered,” examined the impact of Medicaid managed care on the future integrity and viability of safety net providers, such as community […]

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    March 19, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Publications

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    Increasing Access to Dental Care in Medicaid: Targeted Programs for Four Populations

    Poor access to oral health care and low utilization of oral health services by publicly insured people have been persistent problems that states and their Medicaid programs have grappled with for decades. However, there are groups of Medicaid enrollees – such as young children, pregnant women, people with developmental disabilities, and people living in rural […]

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    March 19, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications

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    Analysis of State Regulations and Policies Governing the Operation and Licensure of Retail Clinics

    The recent growth of retail clinics across the United States presents opportunities and challenges for states working to address access, costs, and quality issues within their health delivery systems.  With more than 1,000 sites in 37 states, the emergence of retail clinics as an alternate provider has shaken up traditional health care models and can […]

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    March 19, 2009 | Filed under: Publications

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    Reauthorizing SCHIP: Principles, Issues and Ideas from State Directors Updated January 2009

    With reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) moving quickly through Congress, this State Health Policy briefing seeks to inform the federal legislators and other policymakers about the issues of greatest concern to SCHIP program directors related to the reauthorization. The brief was developed by NASHP through in-depth conversations with and input from […]

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    February 12, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications

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    Including Employer Financing in State Health Reform Initiatives: Implications of Recent Court Decisions

    This Issue Brief discusses implications of federal court cases for state health reform. After outlining the reasons states may want to include employers as a source of health care financing, the paper discusses ERISA’s preemption principles, describes state and local laws that have imposed employer fees, and notes the key findings and conclusions from several […]

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    February 12, 2009 | Filed under: Publications

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    Community Health Centers and Health Reform: Highlights from a National Academy for State Health Policy Forum

    The purpose of this paper is to help state policy makers understand how federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) can fit into states’ health care reform plans and help achieve state reform goals related to access, quality, and cost. This topic was the subject of a day-long meeting hosted by the National Academy for State Health […]

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    February 12, 2009 | Filed under: Publications

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    Maximizing Kids’ Enrollment in Medicaid and SCHIP: What Works in Reaching, Enrolling and Retaining Eligible Children

    Nearly two thirds of the nation’s 8.9 million uninsured children are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid and SCHIP. This new report from the National Academy for State Health Policy, the National Program Office for the Maximizing Enrollment for Kids program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examines strategies states can use to increase enrollment […]

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    February 11, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Publications

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    A Multi-Agency Approach to Using Medicaid to Meet the Health Needs of Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth

    Juvenile justice, mental health, and Medicaid agencies have a common interest in meeting the health needs of youth in the juvenile justice system. However, these three agencies have different, yet overlapping, program objectives, funding sources, target populations, and partners. This situation creates both barriers and opportunities in using these agencies’ resources to meet the health […]

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    December 12, 2008 | Filed under: Medicaid, Publications