Women’s Health

Delaware and Georgia Use Innovative Strategies to Promote Women’s Health in Medicaid

Unplanned pregnancies present a challenge for many women, their families and communities, and are associated with a number of costly health outcomes, including delayed prenatal care, premature birth and low birth weight. Federal initiatives like the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) have helped to engage state leaders in efforts […]

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  • Publications
    Case Study: How Minnesota Uses Medicaid Levers to Address Maternal Depression and Improve Healthy Child Development

    Case Study: How Minnesota Uses Medicaid Levers to Address Maternal Depression and Improve Healthy Child Development

    Despite evidence that maternal depression is quite common and can negatively impact young children’s development, it is often undiagnosed and untreated. Since the rate of maternal depression is disproportionately higher in low-income women, Medicaid can play a leading role in identifying at-risk mothers and connecting them to treatment. With support from the David and Lucile […]

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  • Medicaid Funding Opportunities in Support of Perinatal Regionalization Systems

    Medicaid Funding Opportunities in Support of Perinatal Regionalization Systems

    Nearly 40 states have a system of risk appropriate perinatal care. A series of new resources explore Medicaid’s role as an important partner in developing perinatal regionalization policies and strategies given its significant investments in a disproportionate share of high-risk births and flexibility in the range and scope of services covered. Case studies of California and Georgia demonstrate how state […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    CHIP Coverage is Important for Pregnant Women Too

    While the importance of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for children has been widely documented, it is also important to remember that states can and many do use CHIP to provide coverage to low-and moderate-income pregnant women. With federal-funding for CHIP due to run out by the end of this federal fiscal year (September […]

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  • Publications

    Medicaid Incentives for Effective Contraceptive Use and Postpartum Care

    Unplanned and complex births carry potentially avoidable health complications and costs to families and states. Broad healthcare payment and delivery reform is underway across the country to improve outcomes, enhance patient experience and reduce costs. Some states are capitalizing on these reforms to promote planned and healthy births by driving improvement in effective contraceptive use […]

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  • Health Coverage Options for Pregnant Women

    As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the creation of health insurance exchanges, there are more coverage options for pregnant women in all states. In addition to insurance through exchanges, all states offer Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and a number of states also offer them coverage through their CHIP programs. Although […]

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    October 3, 2016 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, Medicaid, Women's Health

  • Maps
    Eligibility Levels for Coverage of Pregnant Women in Medicaid and CHIP

    Eligibility Levels for Coverage of Pregnant Women in Medicaid and CHIP

    *Updated January 2019 This National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) map provides eligibility levels for states’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for pregnant women. Please see the accompanying chart for eligibility levels for states’ coverage in 2013, 2015, and 2017. Coverage levels for 2015 and 2017 include states’ modified adjusted gross income-converted eligibility levels. […]

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  • Publications
    Strategies to Increase Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) in Medicaid

    Strategies to Increase Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) in Medicaid

    This issue brief, developed by NASHP and NICHQ, details the use of LARC in preventing unplanned pregnancies, the current availability and education for women, barriers to prescribing LARC, and potential Medicaid reimbursement models to improve LARC access. The issue brief was developed as part of the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Bolstering State Efforts to Screen for Postpartum Depression

    In late January, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a recommendation that clinicians screen the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women, for depression. Depression screening for pregnant and postpartum women is not a new idea. The Medicaid program, as a major payer of perinatal health care covering 48 percent of all U.S. […]

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  • Engaging Leaders: Establishing and Effectively Using a Stakeholder Committee

    Broad stakeholder participation helps improve the design of project models, encourages stakeholders to add resources to the projects, and builds support for program expansion, policy improvement, and practice change. Partnerships with providers and provider associations are crucial to obtaining provider acceptance and support. The creation of a state public/private partnership that explicitly includes pediatric provider […]

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    February 26, 2009 | Filed under: Charts, Children's Health, Women's Health