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Health care delivery system innovations in Medicaid have primarily focused on adult populations as states seek to improve the quality of care and control costs for beneficiaries with chronic and complex health care needs.  Many innovations in child-serving systems have been integrated into broader state reforms for adults and through Centers for Medicaid and Medicare […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Quick Summary of the Alaska Reinsurance Plan Yesterday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price issued a letter to governors encouraging them to take advantage of Sec. 1332 State Innovation Waivers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cited Alaska ‘s 1332 waiver request to HHS as an example. Alaska’s waiver seeks federal funds […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    On March 7, NASHP issued a chart summarizing how the American Health Care Act, passed out of House committees the day before, differed from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition, NASHP held a summit with state leaders to discuss those changes and how they might affect states. These leaders represented the diversity of states […]

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    March 14, 2017 | Filed under: ACA, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    The American Health Care Act, which proposes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would dismantle the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). States received over $625 million from the PPHF in fiscal year 2016,[i] and stand to lose more than $3 billion over five years if it is repealed.[ii] The bill would […]

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  • Pharmaceutical prices are rising, driving up premiums and out of pocket costs. State budgets – that by law, have to be balanced- are reeling from high and unpredictable pharmaceutical price increases for Corrections, state employees and retirees, K-12 and public  university employees, and, of course,  Medicaid. To address rapidly rising prescription drug prices, purchasers and policy […]

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  • Publications

    As the national debate over the ACA continues, this publication  looks at why Congress needs to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to assure consumers and payers have the information they need to make health purchasing decisions. The considerable discussion of increasing consumer engagement, in part by expanding the use of health savings accounts […]

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    February 28, 2017 | Filed under: ACA, Front Page, Publications
  • The 2017 open enrollment period for individual coverage has now ended. The figures below represent the latest data on exchange enrollment for states that operate State-based Marketplaces (SBMs) or State-based Marketplaces on the federal platform (SBM-FPs). [i] “Covered California Finishes Fourth Open Enrollment with More Than 412, 000 New Consumers and Strong Participation from Young Enrollees” […]

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  • State Medicaid agencies and CHIP programs play a significant role in their state’s lead screening procedures and provision of treatment services for children. This fact sheet was created following a recent webinar with state officials to share key information. It provides data on lead toxicity in children, the potential health impacts, the federal CMS requirements for screening […]

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  • Publications

    As the largest payers of substance use disorder treatment services, states have a significant incentive to ensure that their residents have access to a health care system that efficiently and effectively identifies and addresses substance use treatment needs. However, national survey data shows that most individuals with an alcohol or opioid use disorder do not […]

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  • Publications

    Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to end on September 30, 2017 without Congressional action. In December 2016, The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) surveyed state CHIP officials to learn about any recent changes in their CHIP programs and how states are budgeting and planning for CHIP considering its uncertain future. […]

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    February 16, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Publications