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States and the federal government are investing heavily in state demonstrations to reform the health care delivery system, and policymakers need data to assess the demonstrations’ effectiveness and justify these investments to state legislators, Congress, and other stakeholders. Gauging the impact of state demonstrations through monitoring and evaluation requires time and effort from both state and […]

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  • Enhancing Oral Health Access Through Safety Net Partnerships: A Primer and Resource Guide for Medicaid Agencies
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    The safety net provides crucial access points for vulnerable and low-income populations in need of dental services, including Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees; however, large unmet need for dental services persists among these populations. Not only would increased access to dental services benefit patients, but also the opportunity to provide more preventive […]

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    August 4, 2015 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications
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    Leaders Discuss Key Themes and Next Steps for State Policymakers The National Academy for State Health Policy hosted an off-the-record, state-only summit to discuss the road ahead for state health reforms after the Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell. The event, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, featured a panel of leading thinkers on state […]

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    July 28, 2015 | Filed under: Publications
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    This brief shares strategies for finding, enrolling, and retaining children in health coverage, which other states can implement relatively quickly and inexpensively. Many of these promising practices are the direct result of the strong working relationships between state officials and advocates and coalesce around several themes: Targeting outreach efforts to specific populations. Engaging and educating […]

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    July 28, 2015 | Filed under: Children's Health, Publications
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    One of the central elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to establish “one-stop shopping” through health insurance marketplaces allowing consumers to find and access affordable, high-quality health coverage either through private health insurance, and the subsidies available for those who qualify, or through Medicaid. The ACA and related regulations define a spectrum of marketplace […]

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    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) included new eligibility and enrollment requirements, which have presented states with significant implementation opportunities and challenges. Although states had choices about whether to host a health insurance exchange or expand Medicaid, the ACA required all states to make major changes to Medicaid eligibility policy, including adding mandatory […]

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    July 21, 2015 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, Publications
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    Oral health is an important part of overall health, however, access to dental coverage for low-income adults remains a challenge, particularly since these benefits are optional for state Medicaid programs. This brief summarizes policy lessons from seven states (California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington) that have recently added, reinstated, or enhanced their Medicaid […]

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    July 10, 2015 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications
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    The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell could have a significant impact on states. If the Supreme Court finds for the petitioners in King v. Burwell, states with Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs), and possibly State Partnership Marketplaces (SPMs), may have to adopt a new model that qualifies as a State-Based Marketplace (SBM) to maintain access to the […]

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    June 16, 2015 | Filed under: New Mexico, Publications
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    Several states are operating DSRIP programs through their Medicaid programs under the authority of Section 1115 demonstrations. These programs incentivize system transformation and quality improvements in hospitals and other providers serving high volumes of low-income patients. This report, prepared by NASHP staff, for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), provides an in-depth […]

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    June 1, 2015 | Filed under: Delivery System Reform, Medicaid, Publications
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    Oral health is linked to overall health, and mounting evidence suggests that addressing oral health can help states improve patient care, improve population health, and reduce costs. This brief, supported by the Washington Dental Service Foundation, explores how oral health intersects with diabetes, maternal and child health, and avoidable emergency department use. State policies to leverage […]

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    April 20, 2015 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications