National

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a highly anticipated update to 42 CFR Part 2, the regulation that governs sharing patient information by federally-designated substance use disorder (SUD) providers. The rule is timely: SUD has become a major cost driver, and many state policymakers are focused on the integration of […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an eye-opening study this past week, indicating that utilization of emergency department (ED) services due to behavioral health conditions increased sharply from 2006 to 2013. The brief “Trends in Emergency Department Visits Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders,” highlights a 52 percent increase in ED utilization […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    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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  • Publications

    A Primer on Opportunities for Medicaid-Safety Net Collaboration The prevalence of substance abuse disorders in the United States has increased dramatically in the past 15 years with catastrophic consequences, especially in rural regions of the United States. Deaths and injuries from illegal opioid and heroin use are more prevalent in rural states, and death from […]

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    September 12, 2016 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Front Page, Medicaid, National, North Carolina, Publications
  • This map highlights the extent of overlap in 2014 between issuers offering managed care plans in a state’s separate Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and those offering plans in health insurance marketplaces. Although plans offered by the same issuer in CHIP and the marketplace are likely to differ in benefits and cost sharing, overlap in […]

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    June 4, 2016 | Filed under: Benefit Continuity, Exchange Plan Selection, National
  • The Accountable Health Communities initiative recently announced by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) holds promise for helping communities bridge the gap between health care and social services. This important work has the potential to improve health in communities by addressing food insecurity, housing instability, and other social determinants of health. Although the […]

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    June 3, 2016 | Filed under: Charts, National, Social Determinants of Health
  •   *This infographic is no longer being updated. Information is current as of March 2013. Governors are currently giving their annual “State of the State” speeches to articulate their policy and budget priorities for the upcoming year. In the infographic below, we’ve captured their statements on where they stand on expanding Medicaid. We’ll continue to […]

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    June 3, 2016 | Filed under: Charts, National
  • As states continue to refine the operations of their health insurance exchanges, regardless of the exchange type (state-based exchange, state partnership exchange, or federally facilitated marketplace), it’s helpful to compare and contrast operational resources. This chart contains each state’s resources and forms for three distinct, and fundamentally important, areas of exchange operation: applications, appeals, and […]

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    June 3, 2016 | Filed under: Charts, Federal Exchange, Insurance Exchanges SR, National
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    June 3, 2016 | Filed under: Charts, Federal Exchange, Insurance Exchanges, National
  • State legislatures have considered bills regarding health insurance exchanges each year since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted. But the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of King v. Burwell, which challenges whether the ACA’s premium subsidies can be made available in states with exchanges run by the federal government, could have […]

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    June 3, 2016 | Filed under: Charts, Exchange Policy Decisions, National