State Health Policy Blog

The Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an eye-opening study this past week, indicating that utilization of emergency department (ED) services due to behavioral health conditions increased sharply from 2006 to 2013. The brief “Trends in Emergency Department Visits Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders,” highlights a 52 percent increase in ED utilization […]

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    Amidst discussion of repealing, delaying, and replacing the ACA, what’s ahead for health reform is uncertain, but may be informed by reflection on what’s gone before. In January 2000, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) convened a bipartisan group of state health policy leaders to discuss lessons learned from 25 years of state […]

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    January 3, 2017 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
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    States have made great strides in improving children’s oral health, this includes a greater number accessing the dentist and a decline in untreated caries—tooth decay. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), which insure our nation’s most vulnerable populations, have played an important role by covering dental benefits for children. Some Medicaid agencies opted […]

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    The 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”), signed into law on December 13, 2016, is being heralded as landmark legislation for biomedical innovation. Cures funds new research, streamlines the development of new drugs, and supports the interoperability of health information systems. State policymakers, however, may want to focus their attention on Cures’ myriad behavioral health provisions, […]

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    Following on the heels of our Leader’s Summit, held in October, last night NASHP convened our Academy members in a national issues forum teleconference to update each other and discuss emerging concerns and opportunities. From that discussion, several themes emerged: The uncertainty of policy direction confounds states and markets and leads to instability As policy […]

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    December 6, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
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    Stark health disparities make it difficult to move the needle on health outcomes and costs and reflect the fact that states face a variety of political and resource constraints when it comes to implementing health equity initiatives. Minority groups disproportionately bear the burden of disease. The CDC reports that when compared with white adults, African […]

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    Research has shown that a quality home visit by a nurse, social worker, early childhood educator or other trained personnel during pregnancy and early parenting can improve the lives of families and their children both at an early age and well into adolescence and early adulthood. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and […]

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    High-profile diseases such as Ebola and Zika grab headlines, but state health policymakers know that emergency preparedness begins long before the first news stories—or symptoms—appear. Preparedness and response often includes cross-sector work that addresses the intersections between public health infectious disease strategy and state Medicaid and emergency management policies. At the nexus of federal policy […]

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    State agencies across the country, from Medicaid to public health, to social services and corrections, are deeply engaged in multi-sector initiatives to reduce infant mortality. And for good reason­­ — the United States ranks 25th among industrialized countries in infant mortality with a disproportionate number of being African Americans. Despite the gravity of the problem, […]

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    To help better prevent and control costly conditions such as chronic diseases, and to break the cycle of poor health, states are experimenting with mechanisms to incentivize healthy behaviors and personal responsibility for wellness. This past October, as part of the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, leaders from Connecticut, Idaho, and […]

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