Support initiatives and policies that contribute to economic security for families.
5.1.1 Adopt policies that maximize Medicaid by expanding covered/billable services for children and families, the types of providers who qualify for reimbursement, and the settings where services can be provided.
5.1.2 Reduce eligibility barriers and administrative burdens so that more Kansas families can access concrete economic supports like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance, and child care assistance.
5.1.3 Analyze the impact of current and future policies on funding, services, and programs specifically for underserved populations to help families improve access to basic supports.
Economic security impacts children and families in a variety of ways, from meeting basic needs to accessing vital prevention services and supporting family well-being. Financial supports are available through Medicaid, and the Kansas Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health is working to help expand Medicaid (via billing codes) to children ages 0-5 in need of health services. Additionally, telehealth services became more widely available during the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is a push to keep telehealth as a billable Medicaid option. Also, through COVID-19 relief funding, more families were eligible to receive child care assistance and more child care providers had access to sustainability grants.
The Children’s Cabinet, through its Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention work, is analyzing policies that reduce disparities and support basic needs of families to help prevent child abuse. Additionally, state agencies worked closely with PDG partners to gather feedback on the Child Care Development Fund state plan, including informing gaps and how to improve access to child care assistance.