State Health Policy Blog

Governor Paul LePage signed into law “An Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program” (now PL 2015, c. 488) on April 19, 2016, making Maine the second state to pass legislation on the issue this year. In March, Massachusetts passed the nation’s first law limiting first-time opioid prescriptions. Maine’s […]

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    Engaged in multi-payer payment reforms? Seeking information about the cost of care? About the rate of opioid prescribing? Assessing carriers to generate needed revenue to support state activities like vaccines for children? You might soon hit a federal stoplight. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Gobeille v Liberty Mutual, which denied the state’s ability to […]

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    According to 2014 Census data more than half (61 percent) of all children in the United States are covered by private insurance, and 43 percent have public coverage (some children with private insurance are also enrolled in Medicaid.) Over the years many efforts, including much of the children’s coverage work at NASHP, have focused on […]

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    March 28, 2016 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
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    On Monday, the United States Supreme Court sent back a Michigan case for a new finding that could forbid state assessments on self funded plans. The Supreme Court told the Sixth Circuit to reconsider its ruling that a Michigan health insurance tax was not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in light of the Supreme Court’s decision […]

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    March 17, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Michigan, State Health Policy Blog, State Refor(u)m
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    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