Publications

In signaling that it will craft its own health reform proposal, the U.S. Senate opens the door for new approaches to address cost, coverage, and access. In tandem, state officials are assessing the impact of potential changes and weighing their options. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently “took the pulse” of state […]

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    State health policymakers know that improving health and controlling costs sometimes requires investment outside the bounds of medical care. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this brief explores Louisiana’s permanent supportive housing program. The program, administered jointly by the state’s Medicaid agency and housing authority, is a cross-agency partnership that braids funding to […]

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    In light of Mental Health Awareness month, it is important to highlight that a significant number of children and youth experience mental health issues. According to research, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and depression is the second most prevalent behavioral health disorder among Medicaid-enrolled children. State Medicaid programs […]

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    Through the State Innovation Model initiative, health home state plan option, and other Medicaid authorities, states have made significant investments to develop and implement payment and delivery system reforms that better integrate the physical and behavioral health systems. Rather than adopting specific integrated care models, states may benefit from taking a broader approach that builds […]

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    The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted in 1997 under Title XXI of the Social Security Act and has since provided critical health coverage to children in families with low to moderate income. In FY2016 more than 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP[1]. This fact sheet is intended to provide an overview of […]

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    April 24, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Publications
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    An evidence-based approach to policymaking enables states to direct health care resources toward the clinical care and health service delivery models most likely to deliver the results state health policymakers seek: better health outcomes through the efficient stewardship of public funds. As states face changing priorities and rising health care costs there is additional pressure […]

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    Despite evidence that maternal depression is quite common and can negatively impact young children’s development, it is often undiagnosed and untreated. Since the rate of maternal depression is disproportionately higher in low-income women, Medicaid can play a leading role in identifying at-risk mothers and connecting them to treatment. With support from the David and Lucile […]

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    As federal policymakers consider significant changes to health coverage, the future of federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beyond September 2017 remains uncertain leaving children’s coverage issues in the balance. To examine ways to ensure children’s health coverage needs continue to be met in the changing health policy environment, NASHP convened a […]

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    March 28, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Medicaid, Publications
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    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
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    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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