Front Page

Health coverage transitions—sometimes referred to as churn—have always existed to some degree, but with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there are additional possibilities for churning to occur across multiple coverage sources. This new NASHP brief examines current efforts in some states to measure these coverage transitions and provides broader context on the issue of churn. […]

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  • State Strategies for Promoting Children’s Preventive Services
    Maps

    *Map and chart updated as of September 28, 2016* States have the option of implementing performance measurement, incentives or improvement projects, often as part of broad health system transformation efforts, to promote children and adolescents’ access to preventive services. This series of maps and accompanying chart illustrate state-specific Medicaid or CHIP performance improvement projects, measures, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Evidence reviews are powerful tools that allow health policymakers to direct resources to certain options that outperform others. Evidence-informed approaches can optimize coverage decisions, increase performance on quality improvement measures, and drive effective responses to major challenges. One way states are utilizing these evidence-informed approaches is in addressing the opioid crisis. The Agency Medical Directors’ […]

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    July 28, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Oregon, State Health Policy Blog, Washington
  • State Health Policy Blog

    State-run all-payer claims databases (APCDs) are a critical public resource and serve a unique function in the current era of health care reform. APCDs, which are operating in 18 states, provide fair and equal access to independently validated data that can both support evidence-based policymaking as well as help patients navigate the health care system. […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Congress passed the final version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) on July 13. Major provisions within CARA will expand access to overdose rescue medication (naloxone) and medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders. CARA authorizes or reauthorizes a number of grant programs for states to build infrastructure and provider capacity to […]

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    July 18, 2016 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    In a recent blog, NASHP highlighted a 6th Circuit case that had the potential to jeopardize the future of state assessments on self-funded plans (Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc. v. Snyder et al.). In March, the Supreme Court instructed the 6th Circuit to take a second look at a recent decision where the lower court […]

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    July 11, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • 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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    July 11, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Rhode Island, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    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
  • State Exchange Consumer Tools Chart and Map
    Maps

    This new map and accompanying chart take a deeper dive into the anonymous shopping features available on SBM websites during the 2015-16 open enrollment period. Prior to this open enrollment period, many State-based health insurance marketplaces (SBMs) sought to improve the experiences of consumers coming to their marketplace. These enhancements—many highlighted in our series of […]

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  • Publications

    Low-income and at-risk populations often need services and supports outside the scope of a single state agency in order to live productive, healthy lives. State health policymakers seeking to combine funding streams to meet health-related social needs could benefit from learning about Virginia’s long-term experience pooling funds to meet the needs of at-risk youth and families through its […]

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    June 27, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Population Health, Publications, Virginia