Medicaid

Congress missed the Sept. 30, 2017, deadline to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), so there is currently no new or guaranteed future federal support for the program that covers an estimated 9 million children. There are two proposed bills to reauthorize CHIP – the Senate’s KIDS Act of 2017 and […]

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  • States Could Gain More Flexibility to Manage Medicaid Programs — What Can They Learn from the 1990s AFDC Flexibility Experience?
    State Health Policy Blog

    The new Administration has signaled a willingness to give states more flexibility to address health and prevention in new and innovative ways under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. This provision allows the Department of Health and Human Services to approve experimental and innovative projects that promote the goals of Medicaid. This comes at […]

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    October 10, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Improving birth outcomes, including reducing infant mortality, is a priority for state Medicaid agencies that finance nearly half of all births each year. Three states have proven to be creative and effective laboratories in developing initiatives that use Medicaid payment and delivery reform strategies to lower costs, improve access to postpartum care, reward high-quality care, […]

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  • State Medicaid Agencies Venture into Value-Based Purchasing with Federally Qualified Health Centers
    State Health Policy Blog

    State Medicaid agencies have generally found it challenging to include federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in value-based purchasing initiatives because of a federal law passed in 2000 that regulates how state Medicaid programs pay FQHCs for the care they provide. State Medicaid agencies are required to reimburse FQHCs through the Prospective Payment System (PPS), a […]

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  • Publications

    State Medicaid agencies, which fund half of all births in the United States, are increasingly looking for ways to improve birth outcomes and maternal health while reducing costs by improving medical care and avoiding medically unnecessary cesarean sections. Two case studies from Wisconsin and Oklahoma show how these states successfully improved health care access and quality by […]

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    September 25, 2017 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oklahoma, Publications, Wisconsin, Women's Health
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Time is running out for Congress to reform the nation’s health care system, and the Senate is considering two options that could impact state health care policies dramatically. The choices include a bipartisan bill to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance markets and give states the information they need to set insurance rates for […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    States have a long history of using home visiting programs to deliver cost-effective interventions to vulnerable children and families, and recent federal investments have been instrumental in the expansion of evidence-based home visiting programs across the United States. Due to budget uncertainties at the state and federal level, states are exploring opportunities to maximize investments […]

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  • Report Highlights Medicaid Funding of Home Visiting Services for Women, Children, and Families
    Publications

    Home visiting programs have a long track record of improving health and life outcomes of children and families, such as increasing school readiness and reducing hospitalizations, while generating long-term savings. States use home visiting to target interventions for some of their most vulnerable populations and utilize multiple private and public funding streams, including Medicaid, to […]

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  • Publications

    Many adults enrolled in Medicaid lack adequate dental care coverage, which is essential to overall health. Oregon is a pioneer, using Medicaid coordinated care organizations to offer integrated physical, mental health, and now oral care. A new NASHP report, supported by the DentaQuest Foundation, examines Oregon’s innovative payment and financing structures, incentive measures, and key […]

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  • Strategies to Strengthen Health and Housing Partnerships Through Medicaid to Improve Health Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
    Publications

    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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