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Infographic: Medicaid And Children And Youth With Special Health Care Needs

Authors Bachman, S. , Comeau, M. , Kantner, J.

Date 2018

Project Catalyst Center

Keywords CYSHCN, Financial Hardship, Medicaid/CHIP

The Catalyst Center has created a one-page infographic illustrating important elements of Medicaid for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). This is one page in a series of infographics exploring key focus areas in the world of health care financing and coverage for CYSHCN.

These one-pagers are a visually appealing and easy way to share information about the system of care for CYSHCN with stakeholders. Resources for further exploration of Medicaid and CYSHCN are listed at the bottom of the infographic.

Infographic: Financial Hardship In Families Raising Children And Youth With Special Health Care Needs

Authors Bachman, S. , Comeau, M. , Kantner, J.

Date 2018

Project Catalyst Center

Keywords CYSHCN, Financing

The Catalyst Center has created a one-page infographic illustrating important elements of financial hardship in families raising children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). This is one page in a series of infographics exploring key focus areas in the world of health care financing and coverage for CYSHCN.

These one-pagers are a visually appealing and easy way to share information about the system of care for CYSHCN with stakeholders. Resources for further exploration of family financial hardship are listed at the bottom of the infographic.

The Louisiana Family Opportunity Act Medicaid Buy-in Program

Authors Bachman, S. , Comeau, M. , Dworetzky, B., Hamershock, R., Hirschi, M.

Date 2015

Project Catalyst Center

Keywords CYSHCN, Health Benefits, Maternal and Child Health, Medicaid Buy-In Programs, Medicaid/CHIP

This article, published in the December 2015 issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, describes the process and results of a survey of parents and caregivers whose children with disabilities were enrolled in Louisiana Family Opportunity Act (FOA) Medicaid Buy-in program. Results suggest that the Louisiana FOA program fills a niche in coverage needs among families of children with disabilities in Louisiana; however, small sample size and significant differences between the sample enrolled in the FOA and the comparison groups limits how generalizable the results are.

Access to Care among Children with Disabilities in the MassHealth CommonHealth Buy-In Program

Authors Hirschi, M., Walter, A.W., Wilson, K., Jankovsky, K. , Dworetzky, B., Comeau, M. , Bachman, S.

Date 2018

Project Catalyst Center

Keywords CYSHCN, Health Benefits, Maternal and Child Health, Medicaid Buy-In Programs, Medicaid/CHIP

This article, published in the Journal of Child Health Care, describes the process and results of a survey of parents and caregivers whose children with disabilities were enrolled in CommonHealth, the state’s Medicaid Buy-in program. Results suggest that the MassHealth CommonHealth program improves access to care for children with disabilities overall; however, the article identifies barriers to address in five domains to improve accessibility.

AMCHP Conference Workshop: Addressing Health Care Coverage Inequities Among Children with Special Health Care Needs

Authors Bachman, S. , Manning, L., Wilson, K., Kantner, J. , Comeau, M.

Date 2018

Project Catalyst Center

Keywords CYSHCN, Financial Hardship, Health Equity

On February 13th at the 2018 Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) conference the Catalyst Center presented the results of four focus groups that were conducted with parents of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who are from the Somali community in Boston, focusing on accessing health care for their CYSHCN.

In the context of the focus group results, we also provided results of interviews conducted with representatives of state Offices of Minority Health. We presented information on innovative strategies states are using to mitigate inequities and discussed how these strategies could address the barriers the families identified. The session was recorded, and the video will also be available here in the coming months.