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Maternal & Child Health: State MCH-Medicaid Coordination: A Review of Title V and Title XIX Interagency Agreements



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2nd Edition

Cite as: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2008. State MCH-Medicaid Coordination: A Review
of Title V and Title XIX Interagency Agreements (2nd Ed).

This document was developed for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) under a contract with Georgetown University.

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A. Background

B. Purpose
C. Organization
D. Interagency Agreements (IAAs) Web Page and Resources

A central goal of public health is to identify causes of ill health and to
develop actions to reduce these causes…Interagency partnerships give a
sense of order to the issues. In maternal and child health, each issue, in
a sense, is everybody’s business and thus the various “bodies” need to be
involved in the resolution.

-- Vince L. Hutchins, M.D., M.P.H.

Celebrating Events, delivered at the 50th
Anniversary meeting of The Association for
Maternal and Child Health, March 18, 1985

A. Background

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant and Medicaid, authorized by Title
V and Title XIX of the Social Security Act (SSA), serve complimentary purposes and goals.
Coordination and partnerships between the two programs greatly enhance their respective
abilities, increase their effectiveness, and guard against duplication of effort. Such coordination
is the result of a long series of legislative decisions that mandate the two programs to work
together. Interagency Agreements (IAAs), required by both Title V and Title XIX legislation,
can serve as a key factor in ensuring coordination and mutual support between the two agencies
(or divisions within an agency) that administer the two programs.

B. Purpose

This publication, now in its second edition, serves as a tool to provide technical assistance
to State Title V and Medicaid agencies in achieving successful and required coordination
between their programs, updating seminal work carried out by the Association of Maternal and
Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in the first edition. The document begins with a review of
the Federal legislation regarding Title V/Title XIX IAAs and a summary of how States have
incorporated this legislation and other components into their IAAs. It continues by presenting
recommended components and methodologies in developing new IAAs and a “model” IAA as a
template for States. Finally it highlights “promising practices” being carried out by States that
have developed successful partnerships through their IAAs.

This document is available both in print and online (with additional electronic resources) at:

Maternal and Child Health Library

State MCH-Medicaid Coordination:

C. Organization

Chapter I of the report serves as an overview, consisting of:

  • A background on Title V, Title XIX, and partnerships between the two programs.
  • An overview of the importance of interagency agreements (IAAs)

Chapter II provides an overview of the current statutes, regulations, and Federal policies
regarding Title V and Title XIX collaboration, focusing on the requirements set forth for Title V
and Title XIX agencies.

Chapter III summarizes individual State interagency agreements (IAAs), focused on specific
components common to the majority of these documents and includes:

  • A discussion of the documents reviewed and the scope/limitations of the materials
  • An explanation of the review components used in analyzing the IAAs and examples of
    State IAAs that either differ greatly from or reflect the norm.
  • State-by-state analysis of the IAAs based on specific key components with references to
    the summary charts included in Chapter V.

Chapter IV focuses on an analysis of IAA components as well as “best practices” gathered from
specific States of varying characteristics (e.g., geographic location, economic status of population
served, and racial/ethnic diversity of population) and consists of:

  • An analysis of components that are often found in successful IAAs.
  • Explanations of the importance of each IAA component and what additional factors
    should be considered when drafting new IAAs.
  • A “model” IAA that can be modified by States as a technical assistance tool in the
    drafting of future IAAs.
  • A discussion of methodologies employed by the Title V agencies in forging meaningful
    partnerships with Medicaid.
  • Specific examples of the partnership process and motivating factors as well as problems
    and difficulties encountered.

Chapter V presents the State-by-State summary charts compiled as the basis of analysis for the
document, including:

  • An explanation of the charts.
  • Detailed summaries of the IAAs for each State based on each of the review components.
  • Highlighted text where specific IAA sections either differ greatly from or reflect the norm
    with cross references back to a more detailed analysis in Chapter Two.
  • Additional State-specific information, such as contact information, Web sites of State
    agencies, and links to full-text versions of each IAA analyzed.

D. Interagency Agreement (IAA) Web Page and Resources

This publication and additional electronic resources are available through the MCH Library Web
site at This electronic “toolkit” includes:

  • Links to the full-text document.
  • Each IAA reviewed (in PDF and/or Word versions, as available).
  • Links to background print resources, to State agencies profiled, and to Web sites that
    maintain data on State contacts, Title V and Medicaid agencies, and MCH hotline
  • A database of the State IAAs, searchable by State, region, and keyword.
  • An online glossary of terms and links to glossaries used by Title V and Title XIX