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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    On June 22, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a package of seven bills related to opioids and treatment for opioid addiction. The legislation, which includes recommendations from the governor’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, is aimed at combatting the heroin and opioid crisis affecting the state. The state’s FY2017 budget includes nearly $200 […]

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    July 11, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, New York, State Health Policy Blog
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    Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is currently set to end in September 2017, and states need to be prepared for the possibility that Congress will not act to extend the funding. Medicaid expansion CHIP programs are required through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) maintenance of effort (MOE) provision to maintain eligibility […]

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    Nearly one in five Americans has some type of diagnosable mental health disorder. With these disorders costing $201 billion in 2013, behavioral health is a critical issue for state health policymakers. Children, including very young children, can experience mental health problems, and addressing these issues early can improve outcomes and lessen costs. Approximately 15 percent […]

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    Unplanned pregnancies can present a tremendous challenge for many women, healthcare payers and the community, and are associated with a number of negative health outcomes, such as delayed prenatal care and premature births. Efforts like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent guidance and the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network to Reduce Infant […]

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    May 24, 2016 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
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    On May 10, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation limiting most first-time opioid prescriptions to seven days (Pub. Act 16-43). The Vermont General Assembly passed a similar bill earlier this month, which will require the state’s Health Commissioner to adopt rules governing opioid prescribing. (Note: The Vermont law was passed during the final week […]

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    May 17, 2016 | Filed under: Connecticut, State Health Policy Blog, Vermont
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    Last Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new guidance to clarify and update policies related to how states can improve access to Medicaid coverage and services for incarcerated individuals transitioning back into communities. Based on data from a newly published HHS report, currently 2.2 million individuals are incarcerated and an additional […]

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    May 3, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its long-awaited final rule outlining requirements for managed care organizations in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). Preliminary NASHP analyses indicate that the final rule provides states with significant flexibility in making changes designed to modernize these federal programs as part of health […]

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    Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual dealt a blow to the 18 existing state-run all-payer claims databases (APCDs) by holding that ERISA prevents states from compelling self-funded insurers to report to their data systems. In response to the Court’s decision, a number of state APCDs and/or payers have […]

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    On April 25, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released a long-awaited final rule that updates the regulations for managed care organizations in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). These new requirements represent the first major updates to Medicaid and CHIP managed care since 2002. In the intervening years, the percentage […]

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