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Updated Publication: Breaking the Link Between Special Health Care Needs and Financial Hardship

Just because children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) have health insurance does not necessarily mean their insurance is adequate. Just over a third of families of CYSHCN report being underinsured. Having health insurance is only part of the story when it comes to ensuring CYSHCN have access to the health care and services they need at a cost their families can afford.

We have updated Breaking the Link Between Special Health Care Needs and Financial Hardship to revisit the impact that health care financing and coverage gaps have on the lives of real families and highlight innovative policy solutions that can help states achieve improvements on National Performance Measure #15: "percent of children who are adequately insured."  

Webinar: Breaking the Link Between Special Health Care Needs and Financial Hardship
Date:  Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time:  1 pm EDT; 12 noon CDT; 11 am MDT; 10 am PDT
Duration: 1 Hour

Please join us for a webinar to introduce the updated edition of  Breaking the Link Between Special Health Care Needs and Financial Hardship. This webinar is an opportunity to:
  • Learn about data related to insurance status and insurance inadequacy for CYSHCN, with a focus on demographic differences and inequities
  • Define causes and consequences of financial hardship for families raising CYSHCN 
  • Evaluate specific state strategies in addressing financial hardship
  • Identify resources for state-specific data, hear examples of strategies, and learn about other Catalyst educational materials
Introduction by LCDR Leticia Manning, MPH, MCHB/HRSA project officer 

There will be time to ask questions and share the activities your state is undertaking to ensure adequate health care financing for CYSHCN.
In case you missed it:
Medicaid Is A Smart Investment in Children

The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families has a new brief about the importance of Medicaid for children. The authors cite research that shows that adults who received Medicaid benefits as children are healthier, have improved educational outcomes, earn more, and their families were less likely to incur medical debt.
About the Catalyst Center
The Catalyst Center, the National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U41MC13618, $473,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the Catalyst Center staff and should not be construed as the official position or policy of nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
LCDR Leticia Manning, MPH, MCHB/HRSA Project Officer.