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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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    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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  • Coverage for Pregnant Women Under the ACA
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    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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    By Neva Kaye December 2013   The health policy community has been paying rapt attention to the challenges and successes of implementing the state and federal health insurance exchanges (aka marketplaces).  But states have a much broader agenda for improving coverage, promoting access to services, and improving the delivery of care.  In NASHP’s final blog […]

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    December 16, 2013 | Filed under: State Exchanges, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Alice Weiss November 2013 While open enrollment for health insurance exchanges is well underway, major changes to enrollment processes won’t begin for all states until January 1, 2014, when the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility requirements go into effect.  These new requirements, like the “no wrong door” enrollment […]

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    November 6, 2013 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, State Health Policy Blog
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    By Larry Hinkle October 2013   Many states are testing primary care extension as a strategy for supporting continuous quality improvement in practice. Primary care extension is based on the model of the Agricultural Extension Service. In health care this model applies scientific research and new knowledge to practices through provider education – often led […]

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