• 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NASHP Healthy Child Development State Resource Center

    A new map displays findings from a national scan of state Medicaid policies for: 1) reimbursement of developmental screening separate from an EPSDT well child visit; 2) developmental screening requirements as part of an EPSDT well child visit; and 3) the recommendation or requirement of specific screening tools. Medicaid programs in 46 states and the District of Columbia have one or more of these policies in place.

    The map is a first feature of a new NASHP Healthy Child Development State Resource Center, which will compile state-specific tools supporting screening, referral, and care coordination for young children, and highlight relevant trends in state policy from multiple agencies engaging young children.

  • New Brief: State Levers to Advance Accountable Communities for Health

    States are testing a myriad of models that strive to achieve the Triple Aim objectives of improved care, reduced health care costs, and better health. Though several statewide health care delivery and payment system reforms have been shown to help slow the growth of health care expenditures and improve methods for delivering health care, taken alone they are not enough to fully attain the Triple Aim goals. In an effort to improve the overall health of populations while further reducing healthcare costs, many state and federal health policymakers are partnering with communities to implement population health initiatives that engage new community partners to address the social factors influencing health such as housing, food, work, and community life. Among the models for implementing community-based interventions, Accountable Communities for Health (ACHs) are surfacing as a promising state strategy to integrate and align state health care delivery system transformation with community-based social services to create communities that promote health and well-being.


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