Medicaid and CHIP: A Tutorial on Coverage for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

Authors Catalyst Center

Date 2023

Keywords CYSHCN, Medicaid/CHIP

This tutorial gives a broad overview of Medicaid and CHIP, the many different populations these programs serve, the changes they are undergoing under health reform, and some details to help readers think about opportunities to improve access to coverage for CYSHCN through communication and collaboration with Medicaid and CHIP staff. The tutorial starts in section 1 with an overview of how definitions of CYSHCN may vary by agency or program. This is followed by eleven additional sections that address major topic areas and recommendations for steps Title V programs can take to build successful partnerships with public insurance programs.