All children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential in life, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Continuous access to affordable health coverage improves access to pediatrician-recommended care and services that support healthy development, help children achieve greater academic success and grow up to become healthier adults. CCF’s research, data analysis and recommendations on strategies for bolstering health equity for children and families are highlighted below.
State Medicaid and CHIP Options Can Help Address Maternal Health Crisis and Eliminate Racial Health Inequities
Two Say Ahh! blogs published during Black Maternal Health Week this April–one from Marquita Little Numan reflecting on her personal birth story and another by Tanesha Mondestin on the Black Mamas Matter Alliance policy agenda – underscored the need for significant policy change to address the ongoing maternal health crisis facing our country, where Black […]
Birthing With Dignity and Facing the Disparities: My Black Maternal Health Week Reflections
By Marquita Little Numan As we recognize Black Maternal Health Week this year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my personal birth experience as a Black mother. In 2021, as we all adjusted to a new normal and navigated life during a pandemic, my family was thankful for a reason to celebrate. We learned […]
Mandatory Reporting on Medicaid Quality Measures: What Did Congress Intend?
In August, CMS posted its proposed rule to codify Congressional action taken in 2018 to mandate state reporting of the Child Core Set and the Adult Behavioral Health Core Set of quality measures in Medicaid and CHIP, starting in 2024. Until 2024, state reporting on the core sets is voluntary. I did a quick scan […]
Build Back Better Act: Health Coverage Provisions Explained
On November 19, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, the budget reconciliation bill, with the Senate expected to consider the legislation in coming weeks. The Build Back Better Act includes numerous provisions that would dramatically strengthen and expand both public and private health insurance coverage. Some of the new provisions […]
Kids with Gaps in Coverage Have Less Access to Care
Last week, we blogged about the 1 in 10 children who were uninsured at some point during the course of the recent uptick in uninsured children and how requiring 12-month continuous eligibility in both Medicaid and CHIP could help reduce racial, income, and geographic disparities in kids’ insurance coverage. This week, we’re taking another look […]
House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Text of Medicaid/CHIP Reconciliation Provisions
Last night, legislative language was released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which has jurisdiction over Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)) – the “Build Back Better Act”. The Committee plans to “mark up” these provisions starting Monday — so things are now moving quickly inside the Beltway to move forward a […]