Because of the great public health value of childhood vaccines, state Medicaid programs have promoted value-based purchasing (VBP) programs as a lever through managed care and fee-for-service programs to reward providers that immunize a high rate of children, who make up about 55 percent of Medicaid’s managed care enrollees nationwide. However, COVID-19 has greatly reduced […]
The National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) define the core components of a comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered system of care for CYSHCN.
Today, a coalition of 20 national organizations representing consumers, health care providers, and health plans sent a letter to Congressional leaders supporting a recent National Governors Association’s request that they increase federal matching funds for Medicaid by 12 percent.
As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues to destabilize the economy, more individuals are turning to their state Medicaid agencies for health coverage. To date, more than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the past 10 weeks, and with job losses many individuals will inevitably lose employer-based health coverage. Current projections show […]
As the death toll in nursing 大众彩票官网s rises and COVID-19 testing capacity slowly expands, states are each crafting new testing policies to prevent and contain outbreaks in long-term care facilities, where more than half of coronavirus deaths have occurred in many states. While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued general […]
The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique risks to people with opioid use disorder (OUD). Overdose risk increases when using individuals are in isolation and injection drug users are at higher risk of COVID-19 mortality due to increased rates of other infectious diseases and negative health effects from substance use.
Aided by an infusion of federal relief funds for housing and other support services, many states and cities are working to provide temporary housing to individuals experiencing or at risk of 大众彩票官网lessness to keep them healthy and protected from COVID-19. But with difficult budget decisions ahead, it is important for states to consider the future […]
Since early March, governors have followed public health experts’ recommendations and issued stay-at-大众彩票官网 executive orders to encourage social distancing to minimize coronavirus exposure and protect residents’ health and safety. However, social distancing has disrupted daily life and impacted state economies. State and local governments have experienced declines in income and sales tax revenue due to […]
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic has quietly raged on, requiring states to fight a costly, two-front war. While states have rallied to ensure that opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment remains accessible, organizational and workforce challenges persist and the resources and revenue needed to address them are rapidly changing. Gaps in treatment infrastructure and […]