Identification and Assessment of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs in Medicaid Managed Care: Approaches from Three States

Increasingly, states are relying on managed care delivery systems to serve Medicaid enrollees that have historically been exempt from enrollment in managed care, such as children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). The federal Medicaid managed care regulations establish the broad requirements for states to identify and assess individuals with special health care needs. However, little has been recently documented about specific state policies or procedures for identifying and assessing CYSHCN. This report, prepared with the support of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, looks at such approaches in three states – California, Massachusetts and Michigan – and includes some promising practices states may consider in implementing Medicaid managed care for this vulnerable population.

Joanne Jee
Julien Nagarajan
February 2014
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