Catalyst Center Awarded 5-year Cooperative Agreement

Catalyst Center Awarded 5-year Cooperative Agreement to Support National Center for Health Insurance and Financing of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

Agreement will enable Catalyst Center to continue focus on health insurance coverage for CYSHCN as national health care reform is implemented

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has awarded the Health & Disability Working Group (HDWG) at the Boston University School of Public Health a five-year cooperative agreement to serve as the national center for health insurance and financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).

Since 2005 HDWG has been home to the Catalyst Center, which was launched to study how health care coverage for CYSHCN is financed across the country and to provide assistance and expertise to state agencies and stakeholders on such financing. This latest cooperative agreement is the Center’s third competitive round of funding to continue to do this important work.
 
“The number of uninsured children has dropped, in part due to state outreach and enrollment in public insurance programs,” said Meg Comeau, MHA, Catalyst Center co-principal investigator.  “The Affordable Care Act has brought improvements such as the elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions from private coverage and young adults being able to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26.  But many of the underlying challenges for families of children and youth with special health care needs persist. Policymakers need information about best practices for financing health care for children with special health care needs and the day-to-day struggles parents face to meet those needs.”

Key partners, including State Title V programs, families and family leadership organizations, health professionals, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Center for Cultural Competence, employers, health plans, state insurance commissions, state health marketplaces, and legislative advocates, will collaborate with the Catalyst Center to identify new strategies to expand access to health insurance, reduce health disparities, and determine research needs.  

“We have assembled a passionate and knowledgeable team to maintain focus on the needs of children and youth with special health care needs as states implement the health insurance marketplaces this fall,” said Sara Bachman, Ph.D., Catalyst Center principal investigator.  “We will continue to identify gaps in financing of care for children with special health care needs as the nation moves to full implementation of the national health care reform law.”


The Catalyst Center is funded under cooperative agreement #U41MC13618 from the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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