Medicaid and CHIP Data Showing Decline in Children’s Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced an analysis of Medicaid and CHIP data showing a sharp decline in children’s care, including childhood screenings, mental health, and dental care. Compared to this time last year, the analysis noted a 22% drop in vaccinations, 44% drop in screenings, 44% drop in mental health services and 69% drop in dental visits. In its urgent call to action, CMS highlighted the flexibilities they have provided states, including telehealth and allowing pharmacists to provide vaccinations and called on partners, including health centers, to work together to address this critical public health issue.