General Maternal & Child Health
New Resource: From Coverage to Care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched From Coverage to Care, "an initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them, so they can live a long and healthy life." This is an important step in supporting the newly insured given a recent poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation that shows that awareness among women of the requirement for health insurance plans to cover preventive services without cost-sharing or co-pay and use of services is still lagging. Here are some actions that state Title V agencies can take to help spread the word:
- Sign up for our Minority Health listserv for notification when Spanish translations and other new resources are posted by entering your email
- Order From Coverage to Care materials! Instructions are on the Order From Coverage to Care Materials page
- Print your own booklets by selecting the "Print Booklet" file and changing your printer to "booklet" setting before printing. Files will print on standard 8.5x11" paper
- Check out the plethora of resources available on the From Coverage to Care website
Child & Adolescent Health
New CMS Publications on EPSDT
CMS has published a trio of guides to support states in their work to implement Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT), the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents. These guides were inspired by the discussions we held in the National EPSDT Improvement Workgroup.
One additional strategy guide, focused on Care Coordination, is under development and expected to be released this summer.
Obama, Clinton, McCain and Frist Appeal to Parents to #CloseTheWordGap
Too Small to Fail aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America's children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. They work to promote new research on the science of children's brain development, early learning and early health. President Barack Obama, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Cindy McCain and Senator Bill Frist speak about the importance of talking, reading and singing to babies and toddlers every day in order to build children's vocabulary and stimulate early brain development. To view the videos, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
Office of Women's Health Release Highly Anticipated Breastfeeding at Work Resource
HHS Office of Women's Health released Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions. The online searchable resource includes stories and photos of 200 businesses in 29 states representing all 22 major industry sectors as well as 28 short videos featuring a wide array of businesses in eight states across the country. Many state MCH programs and their partners are leading the way on implementing the breastfeeding benefits and workplace accommodation requirements of the ACA as highlighted by this AMCHP issue brief. This resource can help states get started or take their efforts to the next level.