Ensuring that Children with Special Health Care Needs Have Access to Needed Medicaid Services
Nearly half of children with special health care needs, including children whose health care is complicated by the presence of poverty and related stressors, receive health insurance through state Medicaid programs. In theory, all these children should be receiving appropriate, adequate and equitable services, but in practice they do not. State Medicaid programs differ in many regards including eligibility, benefits, access and quality. This project will study state Medicaid programs to identify policies and practices that give rise to variations in services. It will identify levers that states have and can use to improve how children with chronic and complex health care needs are served, and will recommend practical strategies that states can adopt.