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The 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”), signed into law on December 13, 2016, is being heralded as landmark legislation for biomedical innovation. Cures funds new research, streamlines the development of new drugs, and supports the interoperability of health information systems. State policymakers, however, may want to focus their attention on Cures’ myriad behavioral health provisions, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Following on the heels of our Leader’s Summit, held in October, last night NASHP convened our Academy members in a national issues forum teleconference to update each other and discuss emerging concerns and opportunities. From that discussion, several themes emerged: The uncertainty of policy direction confounds states and markets and leads to instability As policy […]

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    December 6, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    High-profile diseases such as Ebola and Zika grab headlines, but state health policymakers know that emergency preparedness begins long before the first news stories—or symptoms—appear. Preparedness and response often includes cross-sector work that addresses the intersections between public health infectious disease strategy and state Medicaid and emergency management policies. At the nexus of federal policy […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    State agencies across the country, from Medicaid to public health, to social services and corrections, are deeply engaged in multi-sector initiatives to reduce infant mortality. And for good reason­­ — the United States ranks 25th among industrialized countries in infant mortality with a disproportionate number of being African Americans. Despite the gravity of the problem, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    To help better prevent and control costly conditions such as chronic diseases, and to break the cycle of poor health, states are experimenting with mechanisms to incentivize healthy behaviors and personal responsibility for wellness. This past October, as part of the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, leaders from Connecticut, Idaho, and […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Post-election, federal leaders are debating changes to the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and whether it will continue in light of the goals put forth by the incoming Administration. Meanwhile, open enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces is in full swing, with some states reporting increased or record enrollment figures during these first weeks of enrollment […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Tomorrow it will all be over, this long, costly, bitter, and divisive election will be behind us and we will know who America has chosen as our President, who has been elected to Congress, and a host of other important electoral outcomes. While this election has too often highlighted the differences within our country, a […]

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    November 7, 2016 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    States are rapidly undertaking major reforms within their health care delivery systems. Though not often specifically targeting children and youth, these reforms offer opportunities to positively impact how this population accesses care. In a recent NASHP webinar several states described how their health system transformation efforts are doing so. Massachusetts State Innovation Model Grant: Massachusetts […]

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  • States and the Rising Cost of Pharmaceuticals: A Call to Action
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    As part of the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference, held 17-19 in Pittsburgh, PA, NASHP released findings from our Pharmacy Costs Work Group aimed at addressing the increasingly rising costs of pharmaceuticals.  The solutions offered in the newly released findings serve as a toolbox for states. While they recognize the value of the pharmaceutical industry, state policymakers […]

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  • 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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    October 4, 2016 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog