Congressional Briefing: Pathways to Medicaid Coverage for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Authors: Comeau, Meg

Date: 2017

Project: Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financing, Medicaid/CHIP

In March of 2017, Catalyst Center staff gave an in-person presentation to Congressional staffers on “Pathways to Medicaid Coverage for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs”. This presentation included an overview of the Catalyst Center, data on publicly funded coverage and financing of care for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), the importance of Medicaid coverage for CYSCHN with regard to adequacy, affordability and access to care, pathways to coverage based on 1) income alone, 2) income and health status, 3) severe disability and 4) involvement with the child welfare system (foster care). Finally, a variety of Catalyst Center technical assistance resources on Medicaid and CHIP were highlighted.