Delaware

State policymakers increasingly recognize the need to address the social determinants of health — housing, employment, education, and income — to reduce health care costs and improve population health. Educational attainment, for example, provides dividends for overall health. People with higher levels of education generally live longer and experience healthier lives. The quality of education […]

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  • NASHP Awards Grants to Colorado, Delaware, and Oklahoma to Tackle Rising Rx Drug Prices
    State Health Policy Blog

    The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has awarded $300,000 in grants to Colorado, Delaware, and Oklahoma to help the states develop innovative policy solutions to tackle high prescription drug prices. With the support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the funding enables states to explore promising policy approaches to control rapidly escalating […]

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  • Delaware and Georgia Use Innovative Strategies to Promote Women’s Health in Medicaid
    State Health Policy Blog

    Unplanned pregnancies present a challenge for many women, their families and communities, and are associated with a number of costly health outcomes, including delayed prenatal care, premature birth and low birth weight. Federal initiatives like the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) have helped to engage state leaders in efforts […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    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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  • The Round Two State Innovation Model (SIM) Test Awards granted by HHS to eleven states (Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio, Tennessee, and Washington) support state efforts to build multi-payer models of health system transformation. As noted in a previous analysis, population health improvement is an important component of the […]

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  • Policymakers in Congress are considering the role of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the context of health coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Federal funding for CHIP is due to end in September, 2015 without Congressional action. To help inform these federal legislative discussions, the leadership of the House Committee […]

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  • This chart highlights marketplace policy decisions related to pediatric dental coverage for the 2014 plan year.  It tracks the kinds of pediatric dental products that marketplaces solicited and offered on the marketplace in 2014, particularly whether dental benefits were offered through stand-alone dental products (SADP), as “bundled” products that paired a specific SADP and a qualified […]

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  • For 2014 legislative activity and other Medicaid expansion updates, see State Refor(u)m’s Medicaid expansion map. At State Refor(u)m, we are continuing to track state Medicaid expansion activities. This revised chart includes additional details on key elements of Medicaid expansion bills that have been introduced in state legislatures, such as proposals to provide coverage to the […]

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  • When open enrollment begins on October 1, consumers will be able to select and purchase health coverage online through a state-based exchange or the federal marketplace. This chart provides useful links to the web portals, where consumers can purchase coverage, as well as links to relevant agency websites containing exchange policy and consumer assistance-related information. […]

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  • Due to the ACA’s new eligibility verification rules, states have developed plans outlining Medicaid and CHIP eligibility verification procedures. This chart highlights key elements from states’ verification plans, such as which eligibility factors are verified through electronic data and the specific data sources states are using, as well as whether self-attestation is accepted for some eligibility […]

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