February 10, 2011

New Report on CSHCN and the ACA

The Affordable Care Act and Children with Special Health Care Needs: An Analysis and Steps for State Policymakers


The Catalyst Center and the National Academy for State Health Policy have released a new report to help state policymakers understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts children with special health care needs. Specifically, this paper examines ACA provisions that can contribute to achieving the three major coverage goals for CSHCN:  universal, continuous coverage;  adequate coverage; and affordable coverage. For each of these three areas, the paper reviews ACA provisions that are particularly relevant to CSHCN – first those related to the private insurance market and Exchanges, and then those related to the major public coverage programs for children: Medicaid and CHIP.