State Health Policy Blog

As we have done for many years, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, NASHP convened the nation’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) directors in conjunction with our recent 27th Annual State Health Policy Conference. This year the CHIP Directors’ meeting included discussions aimed at surfacing policy issues and questions that states are […]

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    Walkabout Medical Homes with Mary Takach: A 10-month Study of Australia October 2014  Q. If you build a medical home, will they come? A. It depends on the population served. For disenfranchised, complex populations, if there are no concerted efforts, the answer is a resounding no. Enter Community Liaison Officers (CLO)—a role created by the Institute for […]

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    October 17, 2014 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
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    Changing care delivery at the practice level is hard. It requires offering providers the right mix of incentives including payment, staff, and technical resources, such as data analytics. Engaging providers to take part in a new delivery system reform initiative is also difficult. North Carolina’s Pregnancy Medical Home (PMH) program provides an example of offering […]

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    October 17, 2014 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
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    Walkabout Medical Homes with Mary Takach: A 10-month Study of Australia September 2014 What can states with large frontier areas such as Alaska, Texas, Montana, and Arizona learn from how Australia organizes and supports primary care delivery in its vast outback?  What do publicly financed community-based teams, networks, and organizations found in states including Vermont, […]

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    September 8, 2014 | Filed under: Delivery System Reform, State Health Policy Blog
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    Many states are developing and implementing strategies for integrating behavioral health with primary care. Integrated care improves patients’ access to behavioral health services, attendance at scheduled appointments, satisfaction with care, and adherence to treatment. Minority populations in particular are more likely to seek mental health treatment from primary care practitioners than from mental health specialists. […]

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    August 29, 2014 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
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    Low birth weight and preterm birth carry substantial human and financial costs; they also are associated with health problems that can have long-lasting effects. Renewed state and national commitment to improving birth outcomes and the quality of maternal and infant care are evident in states across the country as well in federal initiatives such as […]

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    by Jill Rosenthal and Manel Kappagoda of ChangeLab Solutions April 2014 The United States ranked 15th among affluent countries in life expectancy in 1980. By 2009, it had dropped to 27th place. Our fragmented health care delivery and public health systems, and the lack of coordination between the two, has resulted in an imbalance of […]

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    by Joanne Jee February 2014 Where some may see opportunities for improved delivery and coordination of care and cost savings, others may wonder about possible disincentives for providing the full array of needed services. For more vulnerable populations, such as children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), the concerns can be heightened.  

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    February 3, 2014 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Coverage for Pregnant Women Under the ACA
    State Health Policy Blog

    By Jennifer Dolatshahi January 2014 This blog post was originally published on State Refor(u)m’s State of Implementation Blog The Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates new coverage options for pregnant women through Medicaid expansion and subsidized marketplace coverage. It also creates some new challenges in coverage of pregnant women because of overlapping eligibility levels and the […]

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    January 31, 2014 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Carla Plaza January 2014 The start of a new year is a time for reflection and making resolutions. A new year also brings renewed hope, and in 2014, many individuals and families will have access to health insurance coverage, perhaps for the first time. Given all the attention to enrollment and coverage due to […]

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