Comments to CMS on the Application of Mental Health Parity Requirements to Medicaid and CHIP (6/8/2015)
New Policy Comment re: CMS’ proposed rule applying mental health parity to Medicaid managed care organizations, Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plans, and CHIP.
New Article: Quality improvement using the “Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition” resulted in the development of a systematic clinical transition process in pediatric and adult academic primary care practices.
New Article: Transition interventions are inconsistently evaluated in terms of their impact on population health, patient experience, and cost of care.
New Commentary: Despite limited investment in adolescent-centered primary care, new prioritized research recommendations on adolescent and parent engagement, preventive care, and integrated care provide strategies for ensuring improvements in care to better address the needs of adolescents. See the commentary and the full set of recommendations.
New Fact Sheet: Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many uninsured older adolescents living in poverty are likely to remain without coverage in 22 states.
New Fact Sheet: If CHIP is not reauthorized in 2015, families whose children are in separate CHIP plans will have to purchase child-only coverage in the exchange; however, these qualified health plans provide less generous benefits and have significantly higher cost-sharing requirements.
A new youth engagement measurement tool that examines health access and self-efficacy fills an important gap in consumer education research for adolescents.
The National Alliance’s Center for Health Care Transition Improvement just released the “Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition” (Version 2.0). This updated transition quality improvement package includes sample tools for use in primary and specialty care practices and measurement tools. For more information, visit www.GotTransition.org.
The National Alliance’s Center for Health Care Transition Improvement
The National Alliance has been awarded a 5-year federal grant to operate a new national resource center on transition from pediatric to adult health care focusing on quality improvement, education and training of health professionals, youth and family engagement, policy development, and information and dissemination. Go to the Center’s website at www.gottransition.org.
The National Alliance has received a 2-year grant from the DC Department of Health to pilot and evaluate a comprehensive transition model for SSI and foster care adolescents and young adults enrolled in Health Services for Children with Special Needs, a Medicaid managed care organization.
Private Coverage Under California's Affordable Care Act: Benefit and Cost-Sharing Requirements Affecting Children and Adolescents With Special Health Care Needs
New Issue Brief: Although California’s benchmark plan offers a broad set of benefits that should meet the needs of most children and adolescents with special needs, cost-sharing obligations under silver, bronze, and catastrophic plans will be significant.
New Article: Most adolescents, ages 12 through 17, with special health care needs are not receiving the support and assistance they need to transition to adult health care, according to the current National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, and there have been no discernible improvements since transition was last measured in 2005.