What's New

Apr 28
Publications Full Toolkit: Advocates’ Guide to the Change In The Medicaid Free Care Rule Our full toolkit for advocates on the change in the Medicaid free care rule, including an overview of the issue, advocacy strategies, a stakeholder guide, and messaging tips.
Apr 27
Alerts Advocates' Guide To The Change In The Medicaid Free Care Rule In December 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a State Medicaid Director letter that provides clarification of the “free care” rule that once limited schools’ ability to bill Medicaid for Medicaid-eligible services.
Apr 26
Vermont Dental therapist bill on track to become law Vermont is on track to be one of a handful of states to license midlevel dental providers, a move that advocates say will increase access to routine dental procedures.
Apr 25
Rhode Island R.I. Medicaid spending trends low; 'Reinventing' program hitting targets, state says Medicaid spending on Rhode Islanders is trending $46.5 million below the level budget estimators had predicted in November and the state's share of that cost is running nearly $7 million less than the previous estimate.
Apr 21
Massachusetts Worcester state senator presses for way to expand access to dental care State Sen. Harriette L. Chandler said creating a new level of dental hygienist to provide routine care for low-income people will save the state money and improve oral health, but it is being stalled by dentists opposed to a 'different business model.'
Apr 20
New Hampshire N.H. House Nixes Bill to Fund Opioid Prevention Program in High Schools The New Hampshire House killed a bill Wednesday to fund a program designed to teach substance abuse prevention in high schools.
Apr 18
Connecticut Critics: Proposed children’s dental cut threatens CT’s turnaround Connecticut leads the nation in the percentage of kids covered by Medicaid who go to the dentist, but advocates say that progress could be set back under a proposal by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy
Apr 15
Massachusetts Overhaul planned for MassHealth insurance model Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has drafted plans for the biggest overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program in two decades, changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid in an effort to rein in soaring costs.
Apr 14
Rhode Island Raimondo's 'Reinventing Medicaid': Partnership to manage care for 20,000 in R.I. The health care of 20,000 Medicaid patients in Rhode Island will be collectively managed and financed under a new partnership between medical providers, including Care New England, and a major insurer, UnitedHealthCare.
Apr 13
New Hampshire Federal Funding Helps Revive N.H.'s Medical-Legal Partnership A medical-legal partnership in New Hampshire ended in 2011 in part due to state budget cuts, but is now up and running again.
Apr 12
Maine Maine Senate passes Medicaid expansion by one-vote margin Despite the Senate vote and likely passage in the House, the bill faces an inevitable veto from Gov. Paul LePage.
Apr 10
Maine Maine to get $6M to help expand home visits for moms, kids The federal Health Resources and Services Administration is giving nearly $6 million to Maine in support of home visits for mothers and infants.
Apr 07
Publications New Tool to Improve Behavioral Health in Medicaid and CHIP Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the regulation that applies the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPEA) to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Apr 06
Vermont House Votes For Independent Review Of Vermont Health Connect The Vermont House has given strong tri-partisan support to a plan that calls for an independent review of Vermont Health Connect, the state's health care exchange.
Apr 01
Connecticut A push for more data on how insurers cover mental illness Providers and advocates have embraced a legislative proposal that calls for a working group led by the Connecticut Insurance Department to gather data comparing approval and denial rates for certain behavioral health and medical services.
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New England Alliance for Children's Health

NEACH, an initiative of Community Catalyst, is a broad coalition of over 500 New England-based health care and child advocates, hospitals and health care providers, legal experts, interfaith organizations, business leaders, and consumers dedicated to promoting access to high-quality, affordable health care for all children.