Karen VanLandeghem, Edward L. Schor
K. VanLandeghem and E. L. Schor, New Opportunities for Integrating and Improving Health Care for Women, Children, and Their Families, The Commonwealth Fund and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), February 2012.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives states new tools and funding to integrate public and private delivery of health care services. Many states are already integrating services for low-income women and children to improve outcomes and reduce costs. For example, many state Medicaid agencies and the Children's Health Insurance Program, public health agencies, provider groups, private insurers, children's hospitals, and family organizations are partnering to share resources including technical assistance, coordinated care, and quality improvement efforts. This issue brief highlights the efforts of Colorado, Florida, Ohio, and Vermont to integrate health care services for low-income women and children, especially through state Title V maternal and child health programs.