Sarah Crow • Christina Altmayer • Mar 30, 2021
Revamping Medicaid policies to improve young children’s social and emotional health and address health care inequities is particularly critical in California, where over half of children ages 0 to 5 have Medicaid coverage (known as Medi-Cal, in California), and two-thirds are children of color.
Sarah Crow • Mar 29, 2021
The time to prepare is now. California can take several steps to address mental and behavioral health concerns of young children ages 0 to 5, their parents, and child care providers over the next year to reduce adverse childhood experiences and build resilience.
Alexandra Parma • Dec 14, 2020
Millions of children in California do not receive the preventive health services they are entitled to under federal law. With new data reporting requirements in place, however, California’s administrators and policymakers will be better equipped to develop strategies that increase uptake of these services.
Alexandra Parma • Dec 8, 2020
This blog summarizes the three webinars focused on Medi-Cal, managed care, and the important roles these systems play for young children that First 5 in collaboration with the Pediatrics Supporting Parents Project (PSP), led by Manatt Health, Donna Cohen Ross, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy hosted.
Alexandra Parma • Oct 9, 2020
California has recently made several policy changes to increase the low rate of infants and toddlers receiving screenings to detect developmental delays. Starting in 2020, a new policy allows Medi-Cal providers to receive an incentive payment for screening infants and toddlers using a standardized screening tool that meets Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and AAP criteria, but it leaves out a newly recommended free developmental screening tool that offers distinct advantages.
Sarah Crow • Oct 1, 2020
The First 5 Association of California submitted a response to the Department of Health Care Services on its procurement process for managed care plans to serve the Medi-Cal population with recommendations designed to improve health outcomes for children and provide care with a whole-child, whole-family approach. The following provides an overview of the Association's response.
Cinthia Diaz • Aug 28, 2020
Effective August 1st, individuals receiving Medi-Cal who have been diagnosed with a maternal mental health condition, including postpartum depression (PPD), may qualify for an extension of coverage for up to a year.