State Health Policy Blog

Earlier this year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker discussed his state’s opioid epidemic during his State of the Commonwealth Address. Less than two months later, on March 14, he signed omnibus legislation designed to tackle the epidemic head-on. Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2016 contains a wide range of provisions, however one specific provision is […]

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    In a 6-2 decision released today, the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to state all- payer claims databases. By upholding a lower court’s decision, the Court ruled that states may no longer require self funded plans to submit claims data – that action is preempted by ERISA. In its decision in Gobeille v. Liberty […]

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    March 1, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog, State Refor(u)m
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    On February 9th, 2016, Health and Human Services Department released long-awaited proposed rules on 42 CFR Part 2, the federal regulation that governs how federally-funded substance use disorder (SUD) programs may share health information; public comments are due on April 11th. The proposed changes to 42 CFR Part 2 would, among other things, make it […]

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    February 29, 2016 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
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    Self-insured employer participation in multi-payer payment reform is critical for providers to receive consistent messages across payers—an important step toward fostering widespread improvement. A recent study echoes the experience of many state-led multi-payer initiatives experiencing difficulty in engaging self-insured employers. This study looked at reforms in four states: Arkansas, Oregon, Minnesota, Vermont. Only two, Arkansas […]

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    February 19, 2016 | Filed under: Arkansas, Front Page, Payment Reform, State Health Policy Blog
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    As we head back to court, what does a challenge to the ACA mean for the country’s Health Insurance Marketplaces? Over the past five years, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has withstood challenges to the constitutionality of its insurance mandate, Medicaid expansion, birth control-related provisions, and questions about who can receive premium reducing tax credits. […]

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    February 16, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, State Exchanges, State Health Policy Blog
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    In late January, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a recommendation that clinicians screen the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women, for depression. Depression screening for pregnant and postpartum women is not a new idea. The Medicaid program, as a major payer of perinatal health care covering 48 percent of all U.S. […]

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    February 5, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Population Health, State Health Policy Blog
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    We recently published a brief on efforts underway in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Vermont to develop and implement global budgeting. Last week, Vermont took the next step, releasing an overview of its proposal to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for an all-payer model. Vermont’s approach distinguishes itself by setting spending targets for almost […]

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    February 2, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Payment Reform, State Health Policy Blog, Vermont
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    2015 has drawn to a close, and with it deadlines for consumers to have coverage on January 1. The Department of Health and Human Services has recently released an enrollment update, citing that over 11.2 million individuals have enrolled in plans through the marketplace, 2.7 million of which have come through the 13 states operating […]

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    January 14, 2016 | Filed under: All, Front Page, State Exchanges, State Health Policy Blog
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    With growing recognition that the health care delivery system alone cannot improve population health, there is increasing movement at the state and local levels to create new relationships between systems that focus on traditional health care delivery and those that extend to work, housing, family, and community life. CMMI recently announced an initiative to test […]

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    States that have implemented managed care in their Medicaid programs face the complex and time consuming task of reconciling managed care payments to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to ensure they are at, or above, their Prospective Payment System (PPS) rates. Several senior Medicaid officials raised this issue during a recent NASHP meeting on the […]

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    January 12, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Kentucky, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog