When health systems and providers collaborate, it can improve care and outcomes for at-risk families, and may create efficiencies in how services are delivered.
The National Service Office is working to achieve seamless integration of Nurse-Family Partnership into the health care system so that care for families is more efficient, referrals to the program are increased, and coverage for visitation services is readily available.
As with all Americans, health insurance is critical for families served by Nurse-Family Partnership. It provides important coverage for prenatal care, childbirth and pediatric care, and can be an important source of funding for Nurse-Family Partnership.
For more than 70 percent of moms served by Nurse-Family Partnership, Medicaid covers health care costs at some point in the program. Expanding coverage and improving Medicaid funding for Nurse-Family Partnership across the country will allow agencies to reach more families eligible for services.
Nurse-Family Partnership benefits society across many sectors, but particularly within Medicaid. Health economist Dr. Ted Miller has found that 62 percent of total government savings due to Nurse-Family Partnership accrues to Medicaid.