• Registration for the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference is now open!

    Celebrating it’s 29th year, NASHP’s Annual State Health Policy Conference is the premier event in the state health policy community that brings together leading public and private sector health policy professionals from across the country to address key topics, share best practices and help build connections. NASHP’s Annual Conference will be held October 17-19, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA.  We are excited to announce our preliminary conference agenda and invite you to register today!

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  • State Exchange Consumer Tools Chart and Map

    New map and accompanying chart take a deeper dive into the anonymous shopping features available on SBM websites during the 2015-16 open enrollment period. These enhancements are intended to improve both the consumer experience on the exchange website as well as the individual’s ability to choose the health plan that is best for them and their family. Learn more.

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  • Growing Number of States Enacting Laws to Combat the Heroin and Opioid Crisis

    Since the beginning of 2016, several states have passed legislation aimed at curbing the opioid and heroin epidemic. NASHP has been following this legislation closely and has developed a series of blogs outlining major provisions within the laws. Learn more.

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  • Pooling and Braiding Funds for Health-Related Social Needs: Lessons from Virginia’s Children’s Services Act

    Low-income and at-risk populations often need services and supports outside the scope of a single state agency in order to live productive, healthy lives. State health policymakers seeking to combine funding streams to meet health-related social needs could benefit from learning about Virginia’s long-term experience pooling funds to meet the needs of at-risk youth and families through its Children’s Services Act. Building on NASHP’s previous work exploring the braiding and blending of funding streams as a means of meeting health-related social needs, this brief examines lessons from Virginia about the promise and pitfalls of braiding and blending funding across agencies, and explores whether the state’s model could serve as a roadmap for other states seeking to coordinate funding and services for other populations. Read the full paper here.

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  • Looking Ahead: A Timeline of State Policy & Operational Considerations if Federal CHIP Funding Ends for States

    If Congress does not extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beyond September 2017, states with separate CHIP programs will need to begin planning many months ahead to close their separate CHIP programs and begin to transition enrollees to other sources of coverage. This blog and timeline outline some of the main budgetary, statutory, and operational issues and changes that states would need to consider and/or implement. The timeline and blog are intended to highlight for federal and state policymakers and other stakeholders the main policy and programmatic issues and critical decision points that states would confront if federal CHIP funding remains uncertain.

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