Currently, 20 jurisdictions have mandatory lead testing laws for children outside of the Medicaid program. There are three major categories of testing requirements: universal testing, targeted testing, and hybrid testing. Eight jurisdictions have universal testing requirements, seven states have targeted testing requirements, and five have hybrid policies. This survey summarizes lead testing requirements in each state across the country.
Access to transportation and nutritious food are essential for children in need of medically necessary health care services. A requester contacted the Network seeking guidance on whether, and how, states cover meals for low-income children when they are traveling for medical care. The Network examined how state Medicaid programs cover certain travel-related expenses necessary to secure examinations and treatment for children who are eligible for the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit.
February 22, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST. The federal Medicaid agency has approved an 1115 waiver that will enable Kentucky to require many Medicaid beneficiaries to work in order to receive coverage. The approval also imposes premiums on very low income people and introduces other eligibility requirements that previous Administrations have refused. Advocates quickly sued, arguing that the approval violates federal law. View the playback.
This resource suggests model contract provisions for coverage of vision and hearing services in Medicaid managed care.
For many low-income Americans, Medicaid provides much-needed access to health care. The Network was recently contacted by a requestor who asked for information regarding the termination of a Medicaid provider by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in cases of Medicaid fraud, and the consequences of that termination at the state level.
The Network received a question from a local health official on Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), specifically if any measures are being taken to incentivize providers to accept Medicaid.
This resource outlines the challenges Medicaid beneficiaries may face in accessing primary care providers.
The Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment service (EPSDT) is a comprehensive benefit available to children and youth under age 21 who are enrolled in Medicaid. Read more about this benefit, how the service addresses screening and treatment, education about EPSDT and state reporting.
A local health official contacted the Network with a question about California’s Hospital Infant Feeding Act. Signed into law in October 2011, the Act requires California’s Department of Public Health to promote breastfeeding and develop model training for California hospitals.