Health Policy Research Roundup

November 18, 2015

Kaiser Family Foundation: Medicaid Home And Community-Based Service Programs: Data Update - "Developing home and community-based service (HCBS) alternatives to institutional care has been a priority for many state Medicaid programs over the last three decades," write the authors of this issue paper that summarizes "the main trends to emerge from the latest (2006) expenditures and participant data for the three Medicaid HCBS programs" and "findings on eligibility criteria, provider, service and waiting lists for all three programs" (Ng, Harrington and O'Malley Watts, 11/24).

Kaiser Family Foundation: State Medicaid Coverage Of Perinatal Services: Summary Of State Survey Findings - "Over the past two decades, Medicaid has evolved into the nation's largest payor of maternity related services." It covers "more than four in 10 births nationwide, and in several states covers more than half of total births." This brief uses data drawn from a 2007-2008 survey conducted in collaboration with George Washington University. A companion report, also based on the survey findings, features "state-by-state policies on coverage of key areas in reproductive health for low-income women, including contraception, preconception care, screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and coverage within special state Medicaid family planning programs," according to a Kaiser Family Foundation description of the brief  (Ranji, Salganicoff, Stewart, Cox and Doamekpor, 11/23).

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