The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents a significant opportunity for state maternal and child health (MCH) programs and their partners to improve the health care delivery system overall, promote health and assure that women, children and families have access to quality health care. The scope and impact of many of these provisions included in the ACA will unfold over the coming years as federal rules and regulations are promulgated and states and communities implement them. AMCHP's National Center for Health Reform Implementation provides assistance to state MCH programs and their key partners (e.g., state Medicaid and CHIP programs, community health centers, local health departments, providers) to optimize the opportunities presented by health reform for women, children including children with special health care needs (CSHCN), and their families.
Our work is organized around the following four cross-cutting themes:
- Expanding access to preventive and primary health care
- Advancing quality maternal and child health programs
- Promoting service delivery integration between public and private systems
- Improving health care quality and health outcomes
Through on-line resources, technical assistance and consultation with AMCHP members, our National Center and Policy Team staff can provide you with the resources you need to understand the impact of the ACA and implement key MCH provisions.
Contact us by visiting our Advocacy Contact page.
New Resources from the National Center
This section features our newest publications and resources on ACA implementation and MCH. Additional resources may be found on our National Center Resources page. To view AMCHP's comments on regulations or legislation go to our Federal Affairs and Advocacy page.
Upcoming Webincar: ABCs of ACOs for MCH, Thursday, May 30, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT. For more information and to register, click here.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
Summary of Key Maternal and Child Health Related Highlights with Updates on Status of Implementation (Updated, October 2012)
This AMCHP Fact Sheet summarizes the implementation of key maternal and child health provisions of the ACA. Click here to access this document.
Optimizing Health Reform to Integrate Service Delivery Systems for Women, Children and their families (Webinar, October 2011)
On October 12, 2011 AMCHP hosted a webinar in partnership and supported by The Commonwealth Fund entitled Optimizing Health Reform to Integrate Service Delivery Systems for Women, Children and their families. This webinar highlighted the efforts of state Title V maternal and child health programs and their partners to integrate health care service delivery systems. An archive of the webinar and a copy of the slides is now available on line. The full webinar recording can be accessed here. The webinar slides can be accessed here
New Opportunity from the National Center
AMCHP Technical Assistance Project: Request for Applications
AMCHP, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is leading a project to increase the capacity of state maternal and child health (MCH) programs and other state stakeholders (e.g., Medicaid agencies, providers, local health departments, community health centers) to improve birth outcomes throughout the life course. This project has a specific focus to enhance the capacity of state MCH programs and their partners to maximize the current environment of opportunity by providing state teams with targeted technical assistance on developing a collective impact approach to coordinating the multiple, concurrent efforts and initiatives to improve birth outcomes through health reform. This project will focus on opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act and other national initiatives to improve birth outcomes and maternal and infant health, with a particular focus on reducing health disparities and assuring racial equity. AMCHP is accepting applications through January 4, 2013. For more information, click here.
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