Together, Medicaid and CHIP cover more than 4 in 10 young children in most metropolitan areas

After states faced funding shortfalls because of Congress’s failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by its original September 30, 2017, deadline, Congress last week finally agreed to fund an extension of the program for six years. This agreement was much needed for the children whose coverage hung in the balance at pivotal […]

Tackling Health Barriers to Learning – Does Your State Mandate Student Health Screenings?

The link between a student’s health status and learning has been well established in the literature. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, “healthy students are better learners” and “schools are the right place for a healthy start.” Maximizing the school experience and success of every American […]

Mothers Mentoring Mothers

More than 4.8 million American children (6 percent) lack health insurance. Among uninsured US children, 62-72 percent are eligible for but not enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For uninsured, low-income children, 84 percent are eligible for but not enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP. Racial/ethnic disparities exist in insurance coverage for U.S. children: compared […]

Want to Reduce your State’s Infant Mortality Rate? Try Expanding Medicaid

Evidence continues to build on the benefits of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion for adults: improving health coverage and access, promoting family economic security, and creating peace of mind for the whole family (including, and especially, children). And here’s another study for the maternal and child health community: A new study published online last week in the American Journal […]

HEALTHY KIDS ACT (Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act)

As we have noted in earlier posts, the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed on January 22 includes six years of funding for CHIP and other CHIP-related provisions that we’ll unpack here. Funding CHIP is now funded through federal fiscal year 2023, or September 30, 2023. Though the Secretary will have to determine the allotment amount for […]

Weaponizing Medicaid Paperwork

It turns out that CMS has a “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative, which the agency describes as “our effort to reduce administrative burden and improve the customer experience while putting patients first.” Who knew? If you’ve been following Administrator Verma’s crusade to condition Medicaid coverage on meeting requirements to document work, you would be quite surprised. […]