Women’s Health

In their 2019 state of the state speeches, 13 governors addressed social equity, acknowledging that reducing inequities and improving opportunities for all residents improves lives and health outcomes. Two of them — Indiana and Minnesota – offer examples of how states are orchestrating their legislative and administrative efforts to reduce health disparities and promote social […]

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  • On Time Delivery: Optimizing Access to Care for Pregnant Women with SUD or Mental Health Conditions

    Thursday, August 22, 1:30 pm – 3 pm Maternal health, particularly maternal mental health, has recently come into greater public focus. As the opioid epidemic continues to spread, states are seeking strategies to sufficiently meet the unique needs of mothers affected by substance use disorder (SUD), polysubstance use, and mental health conditions. This session features […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference, Maternal Health, Women's Health

  • State Health Policy Blog

    CMS Releases State Funding to Improve Integrated Care for Children and Pregnant and Postpartum Women Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP

    Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two highly anticipated initiatives — the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model and the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model — which will provide multi-year funding to states to improve integrated care for maternal and child health populations enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health […]

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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

    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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  • Publications

    Wisconsin and Oklahoma Case Studies Show Marked Maternal Health Care Improvements

    State Medicaid agencies, which fund half of all births in the United States, are increasingly looking for ways to improve birth outcomes and maternal health while reducing costs by improving medical care and avoiding medically unnecessary cesarean sections. Two case studies from Wisconsin and Oklahoma show how these states successfully improved health care access and quality by […]

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    September 25, 2017 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oklahoma, Publications, Wisconsin, Women's Health

  • Publications
    Report Highlights Medicaid Funding of Home Visiting Services for Women, Children, and Families

    Report Highlights Medicaid Funding of Home Visiting Services for Women, Children, and Families

    Home visiting programs have a long track record of improving health and life outcomes of children and families, such as increasing school readiness and reducing hospitalizations, while generating long-term savings. States use home visiting to target interventions for some of their most vulnerable populations and utilize multiple private and public funding streams, including Medicaid, to […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Highlighting State Medicaid Performance Measures, Improvement Projects, & Incentives To Promote Improvement in Women’s Health Services and Perinatal Outcomes

    Poor birth outcomes, such as pre-term birth, carry substantial human and financial costs and are generally influenced by women’s health and socioeconomic factors such as race, ethnicity, income, health care access, and education. According to the Institute of Medicine, the cost associated with pre-term birth in the U.S. is $26.2 billion each year, with Medicaid […]

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  • Maps
    State Medicaid Quality Measurement Activities for Women’s Health

    State Medicaid Quality Measurement Activities for Women’s Health

    *Maps and Chart updated as of November 3, 2017* State Medicaid agencies provide a variety of health services to women that promote overall health and well-being and support improved birth outcomes, such as reduction in infant mortality rates. States have the option of implementing performance measurement, incentives or improvement projects, including as part of broad […]

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  • Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

    Monday, October 23rd 8:00AM-4:00PM This preconference forum is where state policymakers can learn about emerging issues and other states’ experiences in preventing and treating opioid use disorder. The sessions explore how states are working to: Identify and address social causes of opioid use disorder; Support best practices to manage chronic pain; Meet the unique needs […]

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