Opportunities to Support Maternal and Child Health Through Medicaid’s New Postpartum Coverage Extension

Introduction The new state option to extend Medicaid and CHIP coverage for one year after the end of pregnancy is a transformational opportunity for states to support improved maternal and infant health in the year following birth. It also offers state Medicaid leaders a focused moment to use the successful implementation of the new policy […]

A Guide for Health Care Advocates: Medicaid Managed Care Procurement

Overview Most Medicaid beneficiaries in most states are enrolled in managed care organizations (MCOs). (See text box, “What’s a Medicaid MCO?”) State Medicaid agencies contract with MCOs to assemble networks of health care providers to furnish services to program beneficiaries and protect them from medical debt. Simply put, if an MCO does not do its job, […]

American Rescue Plan Home and Community-Based Services Funding: A Review of State Plans to Support Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on children’s mental health, exacerbating long-standing gaps in mental health care for children in the United States. Fortunately, a number of states plan to invest in initiatives that support youth behavioral and mental health by leveraging funds made available by section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan […]