AMCHP leads initiatives that protect and sustain the positive impact of the ACA, and promote state policy and program action to advance the health of MCH populations through access to high-quality, affordable health insurance.
- Advancing State and Urban MCH: Current and Emerging Public Health Issues and Threats
- State Policy Technical Assistance
One goal within AMCHP’s Core Cooperative Agreement, funded by HRSA/MCHB, focuses on current and emergent public health issues, with specific attention to health care coverage for MCH populations. AMCHP develops resources and opportunities for state Title V programs to share information on the landscape of healthcare coverage and potential impacts of program or policy changes to health care coverage for MCH populations. AMCHP sponsors monthly all-member policy calls that focus on timely MCH issues in Congress and the executive branch, promotes MCH involvement in ACA Marketplace enrollment, tracks and disseminates information regarding changes to Medicaid policy that impact MCH, and promotes opportunities to learn from peers regarding state health reform policy efforts. Through this work, AMCHP assists Title V professionals develop their leadership competency in policymaking and learn skills to communicate with policymakers, work with state legislatures, and collaborate with state Medicaid agencies, managed care organizations, and commercial insurers.
AMCHP provides technical assistance to states interested in discussing (1) how federal health reform policy impacts their local context, (2) Medicaid waivers and state plan amendments, (3) strategies to work with policymakers and state legislatures, and (4) opportunities to learn from other states regarding their MCH policy efforts.
PROMOTING COVERAGE FOR MCH
Recent Resources & Tools
The Unwinding of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Opportunities for Title V programs to protect coverage for children and families during the Medicaid redetermination process
Unwinding the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Implications for Medicaid Coverage for MCH
Recording from March 2nd, 2022. AMCHP hosted experts from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) for a panel discussion on the expiration of the COVID-19 Medicaid continuous eligibility provision, and opportunities for state advocates to protect Medicaid coverage gains for maternal and child health populations. Read More
Medicaid Options for States During COVID-19: Considerations for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The COVID-19 pandemic has required state Medicaid programs to quickly adapt to a new health care delivery landscape for millions of children, including children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). This fact sheet explores Medicaid policy options for states to meet the needs of CYSHCN during the PHE and discusses how future rollbacks of PHE modifications may affect CYSHCN populations. Read More
Coffee Chat with AMCHP Policy Experts: Opportunities for Maternal Health with a New Administration and Congress
This coffee chat with AMCHP policy experts shares information on national health policy under the new administration and congress, with an emphasis on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, as well as the prospects for maternal health policy in 2021 and beyond. Read More
Medicaid Options for States During COVID-19: Considerations for Maternal and Child Health
States have used Medicaid SPAs and waivers to address the pandemic-related needs of maternal and child health (MCH) populations by transitioning in-person prenatal care to telehealth, temporarily extending Medicaid coverage for pregnant and parenting women, and implementing other adaptive changes related to eligibility and service delivery. This fact sheet explores several common policy options for states during this public health emergency and addresses the considerations for how future rollbacks to emergency provisions may affect MCH outcomes. Read More