Paper Highlights Opportunities for Improving Coverage and Financing of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

February 4, 2011

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An Analysis and Steps for State Policymakers examines provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and suggests steps states can take to better achieve coverage and financing of care goals for children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The paper, produced by the National Academy for State Healthy Policy for the Catalyst Center with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, reviews ACA provisions promoting increased and more continuous coverage through the private insurance market and new Exchanges established by law, as well as through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The review is followed by a discussion of the specific opportunities and challenges in the provisions for improving the extent and continuity of coverage for CSHCN.