State Health Policy Blog

PORTLAND, OR – State health officials shared wide-ranging innovations in their uphill battle against the opioid epidemic that is sweeping their states at the opening day of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) 30th State Health Policy Conference. Officials explained they are experimenting with new strategies that use data, new treatment approaches, and […]

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    Last week, Sens. Lamar Alexander (TN) and Patty Murray (WA) released a bipartisan bill designed to bring short-term stability to the health insurance markets. The bill is co-sponsored by 22 senators — 11 Democrats, 11 Republicans, and one independent. While there are indications that Alexander and Murray secured the 60 votes needed for passage in […]

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    October 24, 2017 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
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    The National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) has crafted model legislation – called the Prescription Drug Rate-Setting Model Act – that states can use to regulate drug costs. The legislation creates a drug cost review commission that evaluates the affordability of certain drugs in the same way that states now regulate Medicaid, state employee […]

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    October 17, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Front Page-Rx, State Health Policy Blog
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    On Friday, Oct. 13, 2017,the Trump Administration announced it would no longer make cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers offering coverage on health insurance marketplaces. The announcement cited guidance from the US Department Justice that questioned the legality of the appropriation for these payments (for more Cost Sharing Reduction Debate: Why This Matters and How […]

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    Congress missed the Sept. 30, 2017, deadline to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), so there is currently no new or guaranteed future federal support for the program that covers an estimated 9 million children. There are two proposed bills to reauthorize CHIP – the Senate’s KIDS Act of 2017 and […]

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  • NASHP Awards Grants to Colorado, Delaware, and Oklahoma to Tackle Rising Rx Drug Prices
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    The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has awarded $300,000 in grants to Colorado, Delaware, and Oklahoma to help the states develop innovative policy solutions to tackle high prescription drug prices. With the support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the funding enables states to explore promising policy approaches to control rapidly escalating […]

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  • States Could Gain More Flexibility to Manage Medicaid Programs — What Can They Learn from the 1990s AFDC Flexibility Experience?
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    The new Administration has signaled a willingness to give states more flexibility to address health and prevention in new and innovative ways under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. This provision allows the Department of Health and Human Services to approve experimental and innovative projects that promote the goals of Medicaid. This comes at […]

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    October 10, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Success Spurs Growth of Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs
    State Health Policy Blog

    Two decades ago, the majority of state Medicaid programs that served children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) relied on a traditional, fee-for-service model to pay for the complex mix of health care services that this group of children often need. But as states became more adept at designing new health care delivery […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Improving birth outcomes, including reducing infant mortality, is a priority for state Medicaid agencies that finance nearly half of all births each year. Three states have proven to be creative and effective laboratories in developing initiatives that use Medicaid payment and delivery reform strategies to lower costs, improve access to postpartum care, reward high-quality care, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Graham-Cassidy amendment represented a radical overhaul of how health care coverage is financed and delivered, raising anew the question of federalism – what should the federal government guarantee and how much state variation should be supported? The legislation tossed most critical health care coverage and policy decisions to states without giving them sufficient time or […]

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