Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and child health (MCH) programs focus on health issues concerning women, children and families, such as access to appropriate prenatal and well-child care, infant mortality prevention, emergency medical services, injury prevention, newborn screening, and services to children with special health care needs. States invest in healthy children and families and hope, in turn, to save money by averting more costly health problems and avoiding the need for related support services down the road.
Both federal and state funds contribute to MCH-related programs, such as the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant; Medicaid; the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); the Healthy Start Initiative; the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program; and the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). States also play an important role in administering these programs.
Recent News and Updates
Getting into Gear for 2014: Findings from a 50-State Survey of Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and Cost-Sharing Policies in Medicaid and CHIP, 2012–2013
Georgetown Center for Children and Families and Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2013
Addressing Women's Health Needs and Improving Birth Outcomes: Results from a Peer-to-Peer State Medicaid Learning Project
The Commonwealth Fund, August 2012
Updated January 25, 2013
This site is made possible by project, UC4MC21528, from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act),
Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.