A Summary of State Community Health Worker Laws
To understand how states are using law as a tool to develop sustainable CHW programs, this fact sheet summarizes the extent to which states have enacted laws addressing CHW infrastructure, professional identity, workforce development, and financing. This fact sheet presents a summary of laws in effect as of December 2012. [pdf; CDC]State Community Health Worker Models
This webpage contains state specific information on community health workers (CHW) in six key areas: financing, education, certification, State CHW legislation, CHW organizations and CHW Roles in State. Additional, the page includes links to other resources such as State Innovation Model (SIM) narrative, State Plan Amendment (SPA), The Community Health Worker Act, and Community Health Worker Association website for various states. [url; National Academy for State Healthy Policy].Change in the Rule on Essential Health Benefits
Effective January 1, 2014, a change in the federal Rule on Essential Health Benefits allows reimbursement for preventive services that are delivered by nonlicensed providers, as long as services have been recommended by a a physician or other licensed provider.
Essential Health Benefits and Community Health WorkersCommunity Health Worker Certification Standards
This Web page contains resources related to the new Medicaid rule, including examples of successful strategies for preventive service delivery by nonlicensed providers, such as community health workers (CHWs), and other resources related to the adaptation, licensure, and support of CHWs. [url; Association of State and Territorial Health Officials]
Community Health Workers in the Wake of Health Care Reform: Considerations for State
and Federal Policymakers
This brief, developed from an October 2015 meeting convened by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), captures some strategies and areas of agreement among state and federal policymakers on the issues on further integrating community health workers (CHW) into the health system. Areas covered include CHW roles, recruitment and retention, training, credentialing and financing. [pdf; National Academy for State Healthy Policy].
Medicaid and Community-Based Asthma Interventions: Recent Changes and Future Steps
This Q&A explains how the change in the rule on Essential Health Benefits will impact coverage of community-based interventions for low-income children with asthma. [pdf; Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition]
This document includes a map of the current status of state CHW certification standards, a chart illustrating what states have which program requirements/elements in their CHW law, and a chart outlining the summaries of each state’s CHW certification bill as of March 2015. Additional information and resources are available on the ASTHO CHW Web page
. [pdf; ASTHO] 2014 Failed State Bills for CHW Certification
- This table summarizes five state bills related to CHW
training/certification standards that failed in 2014. [pdf; ASTHO]Success with CHWs: Asthma
Designed as an easy-to-use digital digest featuring research, case studies, tools, webinars and short videos, this Web site acquaints asthma care providers and home visiting programs with the role and value of community health worker (CHW) services. Geared for busy clinicians and administrators, these tools are intended to help providers and home visiting programs learn about the benefits of culturally appropriate CHW models and how to begin to integrate CHW approaches to improve management of childhood asthma, especially among underserved communities. [url; Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance]