How Can Medicaid and CHIP Support Children’s Emotional Health?


In a new webinar, Manatt Health and CSSP present a blueprint for leveraging Medicaid and CHIP to foster children’s healthy emotional and social development and transform pediatric practice.

Nearly half of children under age three in the United States get their health insurance through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).1 With such broad reach, these programs can play a powerful role in promoting change in the way pediatric care is delivered, building a stronger focus on the social and emotional development of children. Children’s social and emotional development has lifelong consequences for their physical health, behavioral health, well-being and productivity. Therefore, it is critical to explore how Medicaid and CHIP can support children’s social and emotional health.

How can states leverage Medicaid and CHIP to foster children’s healthy social and emotional development? How can Medicaid and CHIP fuel transformation in pediatric care? What strategies and tactics can state Medicaid agencies, managed care plans, pediatric providers and others put into action to optimize the healthy social and emotional development of children? The Pediatrics Supporting Parents Initiative turned to the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and Manatt Health to chart a path forward. In a new webinar, we reveal our findings and recommendations—and share a blueprint for driving the transformation of pediatric care through Medicaid and CHIP. 

Key topics include:

  • The powerful opportunities Medicaid and CHIP present to foster a greater focus in pediatric primary care on children’s social and emotional health—from payment models that incentivize supporting children’s social and emotional development to quality and performance initiatives that spur improvements in pediatric practice
  • The critical role parental health and well-being play in children’s social and emotional development
  • Specific options and tools for setting and implementing goals focused on the social and emotional development of children, including clear action steps and real-world examples
  • A summary of the statutory and regulatory foundation for the recommended strategies and tools
  • The value of investing in team-based care

With evidence mounting that a strong social and emotional foundation sets the stage for a child’s future—from protecting against chronic health conditions to supporting academic and career success—this is a program critical to every healthcare stakeholder. 

Click here to watch this webinar on demand, as well as download the presentation and blueprint.

Katie Beckmann, Program Officer, Children, Families and Communities Program, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Jocelyn Guyer, Managing Director, Manatt Health
Donna Cohen Ross, Senior Advisor, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Date and Time:
Wednesday, June 26

1 Haley, J., Wang, R., Buettgens, M., Kenney, G. (2017). Health Insurance Coverage among Children Ages 3 and Younger and Their Parents: National and State Estimates. The Urban Institute. Retrieved from