Jul 19, 2024 

Summary: Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Transforming Maternal Health Model

On June 26, 2024 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Transforming Maternal Health (TMaH).  This expert perspective summarizes the key takeaways pertaining to the model. CMS recommends that states submit a letter of intent to apply for the TMaH model and these optional letters of intent are due on August 8, 2024. Applications to participate in the model are due on September 20, 2024.

Jun 14, 2024 

State-Funded Affordable Health Coverage for Non-Citizen Populations

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.

Jun 7, 2024 

States of Innovation: May 2024

State Health and Value Strategies’ States of Innovation series profiles the latest health news at the state level, highlighting what states are working on to achieve better, more affordable, and more equitable health for all. This States of Innovation highlights state activity in May 2024 which includes state efforts to address affordability, increase access to children’s coverage and care, engage the community and advance health equity. States also took action on maternal and reproductive health, access to mental and behavioral health, and coverage for justice-involved populations. This States of Innovation features updates from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawai’i, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

Jun 7, 2024 

Changes to the Child and Adult Core Measure Sets to Advance Equity

The Child and Adult Core Sets were established to measure the quality of care for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees, nationally and at the state level, based on a uniform set of measures. Beginning in 2025, states will be required to report a subset of Child and Adult Core Set measures by race and ethnicity, sex, and geography. This expert perspective highlights the Core Set measures subject to stratification and describes how the Core Sets serve as a critical tool to monitor health disparities. By requiring data disaggregation for key populations of interest, policymakers, advocates and researchers will have a new tool to measure, monitor and inform policies and practices that focus on health equity.