National

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
  • This chart provides eligibility levels for states’ coverage of services for pregnant women under Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Title XXI of the Social Security Act) in 2013 and 2014. Coverage levels for 2014 include states’ modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)-converted eligibility levels. Every state provides […]

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    June 3, 2016 | Filed under: Charts, Medicaid, Medicaid Benefits, National