MCHbest. NPM 15: Continuous and Adequate Insurance
Strategy. Family Supports
Approach. Work collaboratively with the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers to ensure families with CYSHCN have the information, resources, and assistance they need.
Overview. Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs) are family-run organizations that provide information and assistance to families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them. Many Title V/CYSHCN programs and Medicaid agencies work collaboratively with the F2F in their state to ensure families with CYSHCN have the information, resources, and assistance they need to understand, enroll in, and fully utilize private health insurance and the public health benefit programs for which they are eligible.1
Evidence. Expert Opinion/Field Generated. The Catalyst Center/National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) has identified this strategy as an innovative strategy. Read more in their practice report.
Target Audience. Families.
Outcome. Percent of children, ages 0 through 17, who are continuously and adequately insured. For detailed outcomes related to each study supporting this strategy, click on the peer-reviewed evidence link above and read the "Intervention Results" for each study.
Examples from the Field. There are currently 1 ESMs across all states/jurisdictions that use this strategy directly or intervention components that align with this strategy. Access descriptions of these ESMs through the MCH Digital Library. You can use these ESMs to see how other Title V agencies are addressing the NPM.
Sample ESMs. Using the approach “Work collaboratively with the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers to ensure families with CYSHCN have the information, resources, and assistance they need,” here are sample ESMs you can use as a model for your own measures using the Results-Based Accountability framework (for suggestions on how to develop programs to support this strategy, see The Role of Title V in Adapting Strategies):
Note. ESMs become stronger as they move from measuring quantity to measuring quality (moving from Quadrants 1 and 3, respectively, to Quadrants 2 and 4) and from measuring effort to measuring effect (moving from Quadrants 1 and 2, respectively, to Quadrants 3 and 4):
1 Catalyst Center/National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. Family Supports Financing Strategy.