This webinar explores practical strategies to assess and address hunger needs faced by families during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, including leveraging early childhood systems and the Help Me Grow system model to address child food insecurity.
This brief describes the American Rescue Plan Act's home- and community-based services federal medical assistance percentage increase provision, the requirements for states receiving the enhanced federal funding, and considerations and next steps for state policymakers.
This report uses data from the Urban Institute's 2020 Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey (WBNS), a nationally representative survey of more than 7,500 adults ages 18 to 64, to examine charitable food use (defined as the use of free groceries or free meals) in 2020.
This commentary provides an overview of new and emerging best practices for vaccinating individuals in homeless shelters which may help states more efficiently vaccinate other hard-to-reach or medically vulnerable populations, such as those living in rural areas or congregate settings.
This report explores flu vaccination rates across multiple years for U.S. adults across the 50 states and the District of Columbia as a proxy to identify population subgroups that may be harder to reach with a COVID-19 vaccine.
This commentary reviews the key features of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model, an initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and outlines considerations for states.
This report uses data from the most recent wave of the Coronavirus Tracking Survey to assess food insecurity and other key indicators of material hardship and well-being among families with young children.
This commentary examines unique strategies states are developing to support the health needs of children and youth with special health care needs who lack access to their usual school-based physical, developmental, and mental health supports.
This report seeks to identify ways in which the opioid crisis is affecting children in families touched by drug use; how parents or caregivers could be better supported; and how service providers and systems could better support families.
This report explores the strengths and deficiencies of maternal health care financing in the United States and the ways current policies and practices contribute to inequitable maternal health outcomes.
This report examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced health systems, including perinatal services and support providers, to rely on telehealth, or the remote provision of care through telecommunications technology, to reach their clients.
This report provides perspectives from organizations across the country that serve immigrant families and shares their view on what response efforts have done to support immigrant families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This commentary examines the launch of a New Jersey-based Project ECHO initiative to share COVID-19 expertise between specialists and primary care to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting women during the crisis.
This webinar reported on how states are tracking the disproportionate impact of the disease on vulnerable populations and provided a framework for states to examine their COVID-19 response efforts to yield better outcomes for such populations.
This brief provides an overview of Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Health Services Initiatives (HSIs) and identifies ways that states can leverage them as part of their targeted response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This report assesses the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of adult food preparation and food service occupations and provides state-level estimates of their numbers and uninsured rates before the outbreak.
This report describes select policy and strategy levers that Medicaid agencies can employ to improve maternal health outcomes and address outcome disparities in five areas: coverage, enrollment, benefits, models of care, and quality improvement.
This article examines Advancing Integrated Models (AIM), a project through which eight organizations are designing and piloting new strategies for integrating innovative, “next-generation” approaches to person-centered care for individuals with complex health and social needs.
This issue brief examines how state Medicaid agencies, families, advocates, providers and other stakeholders can partner to improve access to services for Medicaid-enrolled children with special health care needs.
This webinar reviewed the Department of Homeland Security's final version of its public charge rule, highlighted changes from the proposed rule, and explored the rule’s potential impacts on consumers, states and providers.
This report shares insights from in-depth interviews with 25 adults in immigrant families who reported that they or a family member avoided participating in safety net programs like Medicaid, SNAP, or housing assistance in 2018 because of immigration concerns.
This brief examines the prevalence of precarious work schedules among working adults whose families participate in federal safety net programs, using data from the December 2018 Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey.
This report uses data from the December 2018 Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey to provide systematic evidence on the extent of chilling effects among immigrant families before release of a final public charge rule.
This study analyzes three programs that use non-traditional workforce strategies to extend the reach of their clinics to better engage complex patients in their homes, at medical appointments, and other locations.
This resource compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers, and provides national and state-level data to help advance policies to improve the lives of babies and families.
Eight states will join Aligning Early Childhood and Medicaid, a multi-state initiative aimed at improving the health and social outcomes of low-income infants, young children, and families through cross-agency collaboration.
This brief reviews the role that social and economic factors--such as housing, healthy food, and income--play in a “whole person” approach to health care, especially among Medicaid’s low-income enrollees.
This brief reviews the growing body of research on Medicaid's health and economic impacts, including access to care; self-reported health status; preventive health screenings; delaying care because of costs; hospital and ED utilization; and mortality rates.
This brief highlights priority issues for consideration and potential action, including: the structure of the Medicaid agency; enabling coverage and access; addressing the needs of special populations; and value-based payment policies.
This report outlines the activities of three pilot sites pursuing Medicaid-driven strategies to support young children and their families, to help inform other cross-sector partnerships at varying stages of development.
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed rule, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, proposes significant changes to how it will determine whether an immigrant is likely to become a “public charge” including, for the first time, the use of Medicaid benefits as a key factor in that analysis.This resource answers popular questions about the rule.
This technical assistance tool shares criteria used by innovative organizations that are identifying individuals for their complex care programs, to help others develop or refine eligibility criteria for complex care management programs.
This resource highlights articles published since January 2018 that report on the impact of Medicaid expansion in 33 states and DC, organized by health access and outcomes, economic impacts, and coverage impacts.
This brief examines changes in health insurance coverage and health care access and affordability for parents and their children between 2013 and 2018 using data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey.
This webinar featured the use of admissions, discharge, and transfer (ADT) data feeds to coordinate care for patients with behavioral health and other complex care issues in Tennessee and Washington. It provided lessons learned, including operational and financing strategies, linkages to quality metrics and outcomes, and alignment with other statewide payment and delivery system efforts.
As federal and state policymakers weigh changes to federal programs that help low-income people meet their basic needs for food, medical care and shelter, they run the risk of increasing material hardship, which could have detrimental short- and long-term impacts on children and adults.
According to 2016 data from the National Survey of Children’s Health, 14.4 percent of children nationwide lived in working poor households. Of these, roughly one-third resided in ten states: Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona, New York, Arkansas, Michigan, Nevada, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made private nongroup health insurance more accessible to nonelderly adults with chronic conditions through the federal and state-based Marketplaces. As repeal of the ACA individual mandate takes effect in 2019, protecting coverage gains while stabilizing nongroup premiums may depend on state-level efforts to spread the risk of enrollees’ health care costs across a balanced insurance pool.
This article analyzes the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance coverage for verterans in states that chose to expand Medicaid and in non-expansion states using data from the 2013 and 2014 American Community Survey. The analysis found a substantial 24 percent relative decline in the rate of uninsurance for U.S. veterans between 2013 and 2014. Coverage gains in rural areas were due to gains in Medicaid and individual market coverage. The increase in the insured rate was three times larger in Medicaid expansion states versus non-expansion states.
This issue brief summarizes key features of the February 9, 2018 10-year CHIP extension. CHIP covers nearly 9 million children and is a key contributor to record-low levels of uninsurance among children.
This report examines how organizations participating in Transforming Complex Care (TCC), a multi-site national initiative funded by RWJF, are assessing and addressing social determinants of health for populations with complex needs. It reviews key considerations for organizations seeking to use SDOH data to improve patient care.
Low-income and vulnerable populations often need services and supports outside the scope of a single state agency to live healthy lives. In some states, braiding or blending funding streams lends programs a measure of flexibility, efficiency, and resiliency. Some states are considering whether innovative funding models could help them address the health-related social needs of vulnerable residents.
This webinar profiles Louisiana’s Permanent Supportive Housing program and Virginia’s Children’s Services Act, and examines their use of blended or braided funding to help meet the health-related social needs of vulnerable low-income populations.
Before the ACA’s implementation, nearly one million veterans—almost one in 10—were uninsured. By 2015, the number of uninsured veterans fell to 552,000. Veterans uninsurance reduced by nearly 40 percent between 2013 and 2015 under the Affordable Care Act.
CHIP can provide critical financial support to states as they seek to implement cost-effective lead abatement activities to protect children. This issue brief describes the CHIP State Plan option, which does not require a waiver, and the opportunity it provides for states to make significant tangible reductions in lead exposure and improvements to children’s health. The brief includes specific examples in case studies from Michigan and Maryland.
State agencies across the country, from Medicaid to public health, to social services and corrections, are deeply engaged in multi-sector initiatives to reduce infant mortality. And for good reason: the United States ranks 25th among industrialized countries in infant mortality with a disproportionate number of being African Americans.
This article examines changes to health insurance coverage and access to health care among children, adolescents, and young adults since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act using data from the National Health Interview Survey. The authors found significant improvements in coverage among children, adolescents, and young adults since 2010, along with some gains in access.