General Maternal & Child Health
2014 Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach
MCHB is asking MCH leaders to help families enroll in health coverage through the Marketplace this year. As you know, Mar. 31 is the last day for uninsured Americans to enroll in a health insurance coverage that would take effect in 2014. The next opportunity to enroll doesn’t begin until Nov. 15, 2014. There are many easy ways for you to engage in this historic effort. Numerous resources tailored to providers and health professionals to use as you educate your patients and communities about health coverage are available at marketplace.cms.gov. Resources that may be particularly helpful to your patients and community members include: Marketplace Application Checklist, Using Your Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage, 10 Things Providers Need to Know about the Health Insurance Marketplace, The ACA and HRSA Programs, with information and a toolkit for safety net providers. Approximately four million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Marketplace, in no small part thanks to the critical role you play each day by educating your communities about the importance of health coverage and new coverage options available through Healthcare.gov.
The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) Launches New Website
With the redesign of the DMCHWD website, the goal was to update the content, make it easier to navigate, and expand information available for the Trainees, Funded programs, and the practicing MCH workforce. Some exciting new features include:
In conjunction with the launch of the new site, DMCHWD also released its strategic plan. The DMCHWD Strategic Plan 2012-2020 includes goals, strategies, activities and performance measures to support the efforts to ensure that all children, youth, and families will live and thrive in healthy communities served by a quality workforce that helps ensure their health and well-being. Learn more about the plan – including current investments and core values.
Child & Adolescent Health
AMCHP Releases National Standards for Improving Quality Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Creating a comprehensive, quality system of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) has been one of the most challenging areas for many state health leaders. The Affordable Care Act has further heightened this need as states are extending coverage to millions of uninsured children and adults, designing essential health benefits, and implementing new provisions to achieve the “Triple Aim” of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing health care costs. AMCHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, has just released a groundbreaking set of standards designed to help communities, states, and the nation build and improve systems of care for CYSHCN. The standards are designed for use by a range of stakeholders including state Medicaid agencies and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs, state Title V programs, health plans, children’s hospitals, families/consumers and provider groups. The standards address the core components of the structure and process of an effective system of care for CYSHCN. This set of standards represents one of the first efforts of its kind to comprehensively and systematically collect and categorize structure and process standards that affect CYSHCN and their families. To view a background white paper about the development of the standards and the full set of standards, click here.
Unhealthy Weight among Adolescents with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Maternal and Child Health Journal has published a new NCBDDD study that focuses on unhealthy weight among adolescents with developmental disabilities: “Prevalence and impact of unhealthy weight in a national sample of U.S. adolescents with autism and other learning and behavioral disabilities.” Researchers from CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration found that obesity is high among adolescents with learning and behavioral developmental disabilities and highest among children with autism compared to adolescents without these conditions. A previous study of the same population reported that children and adolescents with learning and behavioral disabilities face an increased risk for many common health conditions. The current study also assessed the health consequences of obesity and showed that obesity increases the chances that these already at-risk adolescents will experience health conditions such as asthma, eczema, and migraine headaches. Currently, there are no specific recommendations for preventing obesity among children or adolescents with developmental disabilities. Obesity prevention and management approaches for this at-risk group need further consideration. Click here to read a summary of the key findings. You can read the article abstract here.