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States are significant purchasers of health care for Medicaid, inmates in correctional facilities, and public employees. Despite considerable efforts to maintain affordability, drug pricing continues to vex state budgets. While Medicaid is the largest single health expenditure in state budgets, spending on health care for public workers including state employees and retirees, legislators, judicial employees, […]

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    As the newly insured use their coverage, increased scrutiny is being drawn toward the experiences of consumers who are receiving care. One issue of growing concern is the accumulation of medical debt, even among the insured. According to a recent study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than a quarter of adults in the United […]

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    April 11, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Publications
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    States have made great strides in providing children in families with low-to-moderate income appropriate and affordable health coverage over the past two decades through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created new coverage options for other populations, including parents who were previously uninsured. However, the ACA also includes […]

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    March 29, 2016 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Publications
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    Every open enrollment affords the health insurance marketplaces new opportunities to introduce innovative ways to improve their systems while lowering costs. For the 2015-16 open enrollment season, DC Health Link, the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace, levied such an opportunity by transferring their marketplace onto a new open source code solution. Agile, efficient, and cost effective, open […]

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    States across the country are fully engaged in delivery system and payment reform efforts to improve care and lower costs in their Medicaid programs. Data is a critical component of these efforts. This NASHP brief provides an introduction to two types of Medicaid utilization data—fee-for-service claims data and managed care encounter data—and, based on examples […]

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    Medicaid beneficiaries often need support outside the scope of clinical health care in order to lead healthy lives, and states are uniquely poised to provide this support by addressing the social determinants of health. While states steward a variety of funding sources that address the needs of low-income populations, too often a Medicaid beneficiary must […]

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    Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has opened the door to new opportunities for health policymakers to address the nation’s growing chronic disease epidemic through integrated solutions that begin to bridge the health care, public health, and social services sectors. To take advantage of these opportunities, state policymakers have incorporated a greater focus on […]

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    January 29, 2016 | Filed under: Population & Public Health, Publications
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    People with mental illnesses use more resources and are more expensive to cover than Medicaid enrollees without these disorders.  Moreover, the subset of adults with serious mental illness (SMI) has the highest per person cost of all disabled, non-dually eligible individuals enrolled in state Medicaid programs. Trained peer support specialists are well positioned to bridge the […]

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    January 26, 2016 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Front Page, Georgia, Kansas, Oregon, Publications
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    In the five years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 17 states and the District of Columbia have created health insurance exchanges and 30 states and the District have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover low-income populations.  More than 16 million people are newly insured under the law. In addition to expanding health coverage, […]

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    A new study looks at how leading states stack up to Australia on organizing primary care. Colorado, North Carolina, and Oregon have implemented regionally based Medicaid-funded primary health care organizations (PHCOs) as vehicles to strengthen their primary care foundations and improve the capacity of practices. Several countries with highly ranked delivery systems have implemented similar […]

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    December 8, 2015 | Filed under: Primary Care and Medical Homes, Publications