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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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    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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    Congress passed the final version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) on July 13. Major provisions within CARA will expand access to overdose rescue medication (naloxone) and medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders. CARA authorizes or reauthorizes a number of grant programs for states to build infrastructure and provider capacity to […]

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    July 18, 2016 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
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    In a recent blog, NASHP highlighted a 6th Circuit case that had the potential to jeopardize the future of state assessments on self-funded plans (Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc. v. Snyder et al.). In March, the Supreme Court instructed the 6th Circuit to take a second look at a recent decision where the lower court […]

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    July 11, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Since the beginning of 2016, several states have passed legislation aimed at curbing the opioid and heroin epidemic. NASHP has been following this legislation closely and has developed a series of blogs outlining major provisions within the laws. Rhode Island Becomes the Latest State to Pass Opioid Legislation in 2016 New York Joins State-Led Fight to Combat Opioid […]

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    July 11, 2016 | Filed under: Landing Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    On June 28, 2016, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed a series of bills to address opioid misuse and abuse in the state. Rhode Island is the most recent New England State to pass such legislation this year; the regional trend began in Massachusetts when Governor Baker signed omnibus legislation back in March. A summary […]

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    July 11, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Rhode Island, State Health Policy Blog