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As part of the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference, held 17-19 in Pittsburgh, PA, NASHP released findings from our Pharmacy Costs Work Group aimed at addressing the increasingly rising costs of pharmaceuticals.  The solutions offered in the newly released findings serve as a toolbox for states. While they recognize the value of the pharmaceutical industry, state policymakers […]

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    Unplanned and complex births carry potentially avoidable health complications and costs to families and states. Broad healthcare payment and delivery reform is underway across the country to improve outcomes, enhance patient experience and reduce costs. Some states are capitalizing on these reforms to promote planned and healthy births by driving improvement in effective contraceptive use […]

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    Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its latest omnibus rule proposing a series of changes impacting insurance markets and the health insurance marketplaces. Our latest blog and accompanying memo break down a few key concerns for states as they finalize their comments due on October 6, 2016. Memo: Proposed […]

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    If federal funding is not extended for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beyond September 2017, some children may need to transition to exchange coverage. NASHP’s new brief examines potential options and policy questions for improving exchange coverage for children in terms of both affordability and pediatric benefit adequacy. NASHP convened a group of stakeholders including […]

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    States and the federal government have been undertaking an almost bewildering array of policy initiatives and experiments in an effort to improve value and reduce costs in the health care system. What are we accomplishing and learning from these efforts? And what’s needed to sustain and advance the most promising strategies? In July 2016, a group […]

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    September 20, 2016 | Filed under: Delivery System Reform, Front Page, Publications
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    State Medicaid agencies are working to provide comprehensive health care services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), currently the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States for individuals under age 21. This brief highlights information from the 2014 CMS Informational Bulletin providing clarification on services to be provided to Medicaid-eligible children with ASD […]

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    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
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    The early years of a child’s life are critical for growth and development. Identifying developmental delays early and providing appropriate referral and treatment can help prevent more severe issues as well as considerable costs. State Medicaid agencies can play an important role in promoting early identification of developmental delays by reimbursing and tracking the use […]

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    Although most Medicaid agencies cover services that can be used as alternatives to opioids for pain management, significantly fewer states have policies or procedures in place to encourage their use. Between March and June 2016, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) conducted a survey of all 51 Medicaid agencies to determine the extent […]

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    September 2, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Long Term and Chronic Care, Medicaid, Publications
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    Health coverage transitions—sometimes referred to as churn—have always existed to some degree, but with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there are additional possibilities for churning to occur across multiple coverage sources. This new NASHP brief examines current efforts in some states to measure these coverage transitions and provides broader context on the issue of churn. […]

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    August 8, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Publications