State Health Policy Blog

Congressional action to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is on the fast track. The administration and GOP leaders have outlined a three-pronged effort to reform healthcare beginning with passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Last night, Congress released Manager’s Amendments to the AHCA, inclusive of a series of policy and technical […]

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    Substance use disorder affects an estimated 20.8 million people in the United States,[i] however, national survey data show that fewer than 10 percent of individuals with an alcohol use disorder and 20 percent of individuals with an opioid use disorder receive treatment for the condition.[ii],[iii] Individuals battling substance use disorder may not perceive a need […]

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    Health care delivery system innovations in Medicaid have primarily focused on adult populations as states seek to improve the quality of care and control costs for beneficiaries with chronic and complex health care needs.  Many innovations in child-serving systems have been integrated into broader state reforms for adults and through Centers for Medicaid and Medicare […]

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    Quick Summary of the Alaska Reinsurance Plan Yesterday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price issued a letter to governors encouraging them to take advantage of Sec. 1332 State Innovation Waivers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cited Alaska ‘s 1332 waiver request to HHS as an example. Alaska’s waiver seeks federal funds […]

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    On March 7, NASHP issued a chart summarizing how the American Health Care Act, passed out of House committees the day before, differed from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition, NASHP held a summit with state leaders to discuss those changes and how they might affect states. These leaders represented the diversity of states […]

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    The American Health Care Act, which proposes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would dismantle the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). States received over $625 million from the PPHF in fiscal year 2016,[i] and stand to lose more than $3 billion over five years if it is repealed.[ii] The bill would […]

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    Pharmaceutical prices are rising, driving up premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Today, 21 percent of spending in employer-sponsored plans goes to retail prescription drugs.[i] State budgets – that by law, have to be balanced- are reeling from high and unpredictable pharmaceutical increases for corrections, state employees and retirees, K-12 and public university employees, and, of course, […]

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    State and federal policymakers increasingly acknowledge that health is difficult to achieve and maintain for people without a stable home. Numerous studies show that housing and housing supports can help vulnerable populations improve and maintain health while lowering hospital and other costs for state and local governments. Addressing health and housing can also further state […]

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    Congress has begun its Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal effort and evolving replacement options are receiving considerable attention. NASHP is tracking issues that appear in multiple proposals and will provide state perspectives, including: How might they impact states? What might they cost? Have they been tried before in states and what did we learn from […]

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    Individuals involved in the criminal justice system often have complex health needs—rates of mental illness, substance abuse, and other health conditions are as much as seven times higher for justice-involved individuals than the general population.[1] Behavioral health issues in particular are prevalent among the justice-involved population. Estimates are that approximately 56 percent of individuals in […]

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