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New Case Studies Highlight Opportunities for Healthcare Financing of Healthy Homes Services

Consistent access to home-based services aimed at addressing lead exposure and improving asthma control is critical to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to live in safe and healthy housing, regardless of ZIP code. To increase understanding of the opportunities for healthcare financing for healthy homes services, NCHH has released new case studies detailing this process in four states where Medicaid has been a partner in covering these critical public health services: California, Delaware, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

The case studies are based on interviews with key stakeholders in each state and findings from a 2014 nationwide survey conducted by NCHH to identify states where healthcare financing for lead follow-up or home-based asthma services was already in place or pending. Each case study outlines the current healthcare landscape, important funding mechanisms, key barriers, next steps, and lessons learned.

This information will not only provide stakeholders in the examined states a summary of current and future opportunities within their state but will also better equip other states in seeking Medicaid coverage for these services.

Six additional case studies will be released by January 2016.

To learn more about this project and read the first four case studies today, click here.


What can I do to prevent my child's exposure to lead?

Take these steps to reduce your child’s exposure to lead in your home/environment:

  1. Keep your child away from painting and repair work that disturbs paint, and make sure no paint chips or dust remain in the work area before your child enters.
  2. Pay attention to peeling paint: report it to your landlord if you’re a tenant so that repairs will get made (and call code enforcement or legal aid if there’s no response); and repair it safely if you’re a homeowner.
  3. Wash your child’s hands, toys, bottles, pacifiers, and any other items your child often puts in his or her mouth.
  4. Regularly clean floors, windowsills, and dusty places with wet mops or wet cloths to pick up any dust.
  5. Use only cold tap water for making baby formula, drinking and cooking. Let the water run for a few minutes first.
  6. Avoid using products from other countries such as: health remedies, eye cosmetics (i.e., kohl, kajal, surma), candies, spices, snack foods, clay pots and dishes, painted toys, and children’s jewelry. These items may contain high levels of lead.
  7. Remove shoes before entering your home.
  8. Any household member who does construction work or other work that may involve lead should remove work clothes before entering; wash them separately.

For more information regarding understanding your child's blood lead level, click here.

For more information regarding lead in toys, click here.

I was told that my child's blood lead level was "negative" the last time that I had him/her tested. Should I have him/her re-tested?

Ask your physician for the specific result of the last blood test. If the number was higher than 5 ug/dL, testing should be repeated to confirm. Having blood drawn from your child’s vein is more accurate than a finger stick test. Make sure other children under 6 years of age, developmentally delayed children, and pregnant women get tested as well.

For more information regarding understanding your child's blood lead level, click here.

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