State Health Policy Blog

Post-election, federal leaders are debating changes to the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and whether it will continue in light of the goals put forth by the incoming Administration. Meanwhile, open enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces is in full swing, with some states reporting increased or record enrollment figures during these first weeks of enrollment […]

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    While the importance of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for children has been widely documented, it is also important to remember that states can and many do use CHIP to provide coverage to low-and moderate-income pregnant women. With federal-funding for CHIP due to run out by the end of this federal fiscal year (September […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Tomorrow it will all be over, this long, costly, bitter, and divisive election will be behind us and we will know who America has chosen as our President, who has been elected to Congress, and a host of other important electoral outcomes. While this election has too often highlighted the differences within our country, a […]

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    November 7, 2016 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
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    States are rapidly undertaking major reforms within their health care delivery systems. Though not often specifically targeting children and youth, these reforms offer opportunities to positively impact how this population accesses care. In a recent NASHP webinar several states described how their health system transformation efforts are doing so. Massachusetts State Innovation Model Grant: Massachusetts […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Comments submitted to the DOL The Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. decision dealt a blow to state APCDs by denying state all payer claims databases (APCD) the ability to require data submission from self-funded group health plans. Nationally about 63 percent of all workers with employer-based health insurance are in self-funded plans and that […]

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    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
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    If federal funding is not extended for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beyond September 2017, some children may need to transition to exchange coverage. NASHP’s new brief examines potential options and policy questions for improving exchange coverage for children in terms of both affordability and pediatric benefit adequacy. NASHP convened a group of stakeholders including […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    On September 6, 2016 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its latest proposed Notice of Benefit Payment Parameters; the annual omnibus rule to put into place regulatory changes impacting the health insurance marketplaces for the next plan year. Notably, the proposal was released several months earlier than usual this year, likely as a […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    As the opioid crisis continues across the country, state health policy makers understand that health is more than health care. In order to maximize health benefits, and save on costs states are looking for innovative ways to address this crisis. Several states are implementing ACH models that emphasize prevention and work with community and cross-sector, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Evidence reviews are powerful tools that allow health policymakers to direct resources to certain options that outperform others. Evidence-informed approaches can optimize coverage decisions, increase performance on quality improvement measures, and drive effective responses to major challenges. One way states are utilizing these evidence-informed approaches is in addressing the opioid crisis. The Agency Medical Directors’ […]

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    July 28, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Oregon, State Health Policy Blog, Washington
  • State Health Policy Blog

    State-run all-payer claims databases (APCDs) are a critical public resource and serve a unique function in the current era of health care reform. APCDs, which are operating in 18 states, provide fair and equal access to independently validated data that can both support evidence-based policymaking as well as help patients navigate the health care system. […]

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