Equity Impact Tool
A tool intended to guide state health agencies in evaluating their equity work at a high level, defining goals, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges related to meeting those goals.
Non-citizens, including individuals who are lawfully present and those who are undocumented, make up a significant portion of the nation’s uninsured, limiting their access to care and worsening health disparities. State Health and Value Strategies has been tracking state actions to provide affordable health coverage for non-citizen populations. This expert perspective features an interactive map of state-funded coverage programs for low-income, non-citizen children and adults. The map highlights both existing programs and programs that are under development.
On Thursday, February 22, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar to introduce two new interactive tools: the Health Equity Impact Tool (the Impact Tool) and the Health Equity Policy Tool (the Policy Tool). The Impact Tool is a multi-part online evaluation for state agencies to examine their equity work at a high level while the Policy Tool is a framework for reviewing and evaluating the impact on equity of current or proposed policies. During the webinar, experts from Health Equity Solutions reviewed how and why the tools were created and how to use the tools to understand the scope of equity work for a state agency.
This issue brief spotlights the opportunity to enhance health equity in maternity care through payment. The issue brief discusses the landscape of Medicaid reimbursement trends for midwifery and doula coverage and recommends strategies to enhance access to a diversity of maternal care providers through equitable reimbursement.