New Maternal Mortality Strategy Relies on 'Medical Homes'

A North Carolina initiative that identifies low-income women whose pregnancies present a high risk to either the baby or mother could be the key to combatting the high maternal mortality rate in the U.S.

Gig Economy Gives Child Support Scofflaws a Place to Hide

Even in states where employers are required to report contractors, companies such as Uber and Lyft still aren’t following the rules, and state officials have few ways to make them comply.

How Do You Tell Tens of Thousands of Parents Their Children May Lose Health Coverage?

With reserve funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program running out, officials in states like Virginia find themselves in a completely unprecedented position.

Colorado Is the 1st State to Warn Residents of CHIP’s Uncertain Future

The state only has enough money to keep the program operational until Jan. 31.

CMS Has Given States More Than $600 Million to Keep CHIP Running

As many has 14 states and territories have needed emergency funding from the federal government. That number is bound to grow if Congressional delays continue.

These 5 States Just Got a Little Money to Continue CHIP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced some badly needed dispersal of funds to help some states keep their CHIP programs going a little longer.

Adapting a Program to Protect Children Caught in the Middle of the Opioid Epidemic

Ohio is piloting a program designed to help kids whose families are disrupted by drug addiction.

CHIP Reauthorization Efforts Hit Partisan Roadblocks on Capitol Hill

Fights over funding and amendments could further delay a process that has no time to spare.

Days After Funding Lapsed, Congress Turns to CHIP Reauthorization

Plans in both the Senate and the House would scale back federal funding to the program to pre-Affordable Care Act levels, a change that will have serious implications for state budgets.

Update: Time Has Run Out on the Children’s Health Insurance Program

As Congress dawdles on CHIP reauthorization, the stakes remain very high as funding is set to be exhausted in the states.

With the Clock Running Out on CHIP Reauthorization, State Officials Are Preparing to Panic

“It’s just insane that it’s come this close and it’s so embroiled. With all the terrible decisions to be made, surely this isn’t a hard decision.”

Combating Child Abuse: States Take Action

The number of minors in the child welfare system rose to 7.2 million in 2015, up from 6.6 million in 2014.

Rural Access to Obstetric Services Continues to Decline

MAP: As many as 2.4 million women of reproductive age live in counties that completely lack these services.

Cities Enlist ‘Doulas’ to Reduce Infant Mortality

Research suggests that doula-assisted mothers are less likely to deliver babies with low birth weights or birth complications, and more likely to breast-feed their infants.

New CDC Report: Teen Overdose Deaths Rose 19% in One Year

As is the pattern for overdose deaths in all age brackets, this spike has been driven primarily by opioids—most notably heroin

More Immigrant Children in U.S. Illegally to Receive Health Care

A half-dozen states plus Washington, D.C., have extended Medicaid benefits to children in the country illegally.

Case Study: Identity Management Creating Huge Cost Savings in Florida

Pairing online applications with a Customer Authentication Program ensures food assistance goes to those who need it.

A New ‘One Stop Shop’ for Information on Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs

The cache of material, including a “yearbook,” is getting published at a time when Congress is weighing whether to reauthorize a federal program that supports home visiting.

As Surrogacy Surges, New Parents Seek Legal Protections

As more couples turn to surrogates to carry their child, some states are considering further protections for the intended parents, many of whom are gay, by handling custody issues before a child is born.