The Affordable Care Act and Children with Special Health Care Needs: An Analysis and Steps for State Policymakers

Authors: Farrell, K., Hess, C., Justice, D., Tobias, C., Comeau, M., Bachman, S., Epstein, S., & other authors

Date: 2011

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Health Reform

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides states with important tools to help children and youth with special health care needs (CSHCN) and their families access coverage that is universal and continuous, adequate and affordable. This paper developed by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) for the Catalyst Center reviews and analyzes key provisions of the ACA relevant for CYSHCN to help inform state policymakers’ decisions in implementing health care reform.

As a companion activity to the release of this publication, NASHP and the Catalyst Center hosted a joint webcast in January 2011. Policy experts from the NASHP and Catalyst Center teams presented highlights from their analysis. A panel of state and federal officials shared their perspectives on the report.