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Maternal and Child Health Overview

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

For Kids' Sake: State-Level Trends in Children's Health Insurance
State Health Access Data Assistance Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, April 2014

Improving Children’s Mental Health
LegisBrief, National Conference of State Legislatures, January 2014

Where are States Today? Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Levels for Children and Non-Disabled Adults
Kaiser Family Foundation, January 13, 2014

Who Will Be Covered for What in 2014?
An Overview of Projected Public and Private Insurance Coverage and Essential Health Benefits for Maternal and Child Health Populations Under the Affordable Care Act
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, September 2013

Child Health USA 2013
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, October 2013

Updated April 10, 2014

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.

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