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Cost Sharing Reduction Debate: Why This Matters and How States Are Preparing for an Uncertain Future

Today, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes several provisions designed to reduce the cost of insurance for consumers purchasing policies on individual markets. The Administration, Congress, states, insurers, and health policy stakeholders are currently debating the fate of these cost-sharing reduction (CSRs) programs and the result could significantly alter ACA markets in 2018. NASHP reviews […]

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  • After recent failed efforts to pass a health care repeal or replace bill, Congress spent much of last week re-grouping on a future healthcare strategy. While most current signals point to the likely end of a full ACA legislative repeal effort, there is pervasive recognition that there are issues that need to be urgently addressed […]

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    August 7, 2017 | Filed under: ACA, Children's Health, Front Page
  • State Health Policy Blog

    As policy makers debate the future of health care, the twelve state-based marketplaces (SBMs) and five state marketplaces using the federal platform (SBM-FPs) have proven themselves sustainable, solvent examples of how state flexibility can be leveraged to bridge public and private interests to improve lives and drive stable markets. As a result of these efforts, states […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    As we enter into August, there is increased pressure on states because federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) remains uncertain beyond September 30, which means states are now facing critical decision points. States do not know if and when Congress will continue funding CHIP and even if federal funds are extended will […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is being considered under a special legislative process known as budget reconciliation, which limits debate and allows a bill to pass with a simple majority. Reconciliation rules include the Byrd Rule requiring that bills passed through this process only include changes that directly affect the federal budget. On July […]

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    July 25, 2017 | Filed under: ACA, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Strategies to Strengthen Health and Housing Partnerships Through Medicaid to Improve Health Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
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    Individuals experiencing homelessness are disproportionately impacted by chronic medical and behavioral health conditions, and many of these individuals lack health insurance or a usual source of care. State Medicaid agencies and safety net providers are important partners in meeting the medical, behavioral health, and social service needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In this […]

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  • July 25, 2017 House and Senate Bills, ACA Comparison Chart (Updated) Blog: BCRA and the Byrd Rule Today, the Senate is expected to vote on a motion to bring a health care bill to the floor for debate. While it is yet uncertain which bill will be brought forward (the American Health Care Act, the […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    This week, the Senate released two bills as part of its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA): A revision to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) eliminating the “Ted Cruz Amendment” which provided funding to create coverage alternatives for high-risk individuals (see our revised chart) and; The Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA), a […]

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    July 21, 2017 | Filed under: ACA, Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    State leaders know that low-income and vulnerable populations often need services and supports outside the scope of a single state agency—or a single funding stream—to live healthy lives. In some states, braiding or blending funding streams lends programs a measure of flexibility, efficiency, and resiliency that a single source of funding might not. In the […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    States are searching for new and innovative approaches to handle the rising cost of prescription medicines – both the sudden spike in spending that comes with a new high-cost treatment and the ongoing challenges of regular, inexplicable, price hikes for all covered drugs. The United States has the highest prescription drug prices in the world. […]

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