Catalyst Center. Improving financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
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The Catalyst Center conducted a Structured Interview Project with Title V, Medicaid, and Family Leaders in each state to learn about innovative financing strategies that improve health insurance and financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs (see our  October Monthly Update for more on this project). We learned about exciting partnerships that help advance the National Performance Measures (NPMs) for Maternal and Child Health populations, including children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Here's an example of a partnership in North Dakota that helps ensure Native American children have access to adequate health insurance coverage: 

Innovative State Strategy: Partnership to increase access to health insurance for Native American children

In order to ensure Native Americans are aware of Medicaid and CHIP program eligibility for their children, the North Dakota Healthy Steps program contracts with a vendor that specializes in Native American outreach. Good Health TV, one of their outreach initiatives, is a health and wellness network that broadcasts in the Indian Health Services and other tribal clinics across the state. It broadcasts health-related topics specific to Native Americans. 

The specialized vendor produced two creative video segments to air on the network promoting Medicaid and Healthy 



Join us at the AMCHP 2016 conference to hear more partnership examples

If you will be at the AMCHP conference on Monday, January 25, please come to our session Leveraging Partnerships to Promote Title V/CSHCN Transformation: Results from the Catalyst Center Structured Interviews with Title V, Medicaid, and Family Leaders. This workshop is an opportunity to learn about Title V partnerships that help advance several of the NPMs, including NPM #15: Adequate Insurance Coverage. 

In case you missed it (other news of note)

On December 7 & 8, 2015 the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health hosted a national symposium about designing a system of care that works for children with medical complexity. Expert presentations included information about national health policy, care coordination, self-management, team care, risk assessment, costs, and financing of care. Review the agenda and speaker slides and watch the webcast archive.
About the Catalyst Center
The Catalyst Center, the National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U41MC13618, $473,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the Catalyst Center staff and should not be construed as the official position or policy of nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
LT Leticia Manning, MPH, MCHB/HRSA Project  Officer.