• #NASHPCONF19 Kicks Off this Week!

    NASHP’s 32nd Annual State Health Policy Conference officially begins Aug. 21 in Chicago with a record-high attendance of more than 850 leaders representing all 50 states, 35 conference sessions and roundtables, and 131 speakers. The conference explores cutting edge state policy approaches to rising drug and health care costs, the opioid epidemic, social determinants of health, child and family care, and more. There is still time to attend the Aug. 21-23 conference and follow us on Twitter @NASHPhealth.

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  • #NASHPCONF2019 Day 2 Addresses Curbing Health Care Costs and More

    NASHP’s 32nd Annual State Health Policy Conference started Day 2 with an early morning walk around Chicago by an intrepid group of state officials. Today’s events include a morning plenary exploring state innovations to increase access and lower care costs and numerous sessions on social determinants of health, hospital consolidations, addressing substance use disorder in pregnant women, public insurance options, and much more. Follow us on Twitter at #NASHPCONF19.

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  • Palliative Care: A Primer for State Policymakers

    Policymakers are increasingly paying attention to palliative care programs, which offer patient-centered and cost-effective care for individuals with serious illness. Adding palliative care to treatment improves outcomes, while lowering costs an average of $7,000 per patient. This new report, supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, identifies policy levers states can use to improve palliative care. Policymakers are also invited to a day-long summit, Aug. 20, 2019 in Chicago, to learn how to expand palliative care in their states.

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  • Cross-Agency Strategies to Curb Health Care Costs: Leveraging State Purchasing Power

    States, faced with balanced budget requirements and growing voter concern, aren’t waiting for a federal solution to rising health care and prescription drug prices. They’re consolidating their health care and drug purchases to harness their collective bargaining power to negotiate better prices. This new NASHP report, Cross-Agency Strategies to Curb Health Care Costs: Leveraging State Purchasing Power, highlights some of the states’ collaborative purchasing and cost control initiatives.

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  • State and Federal Resources to Address Surprise Medical Balance Billing

    States are taking the lead in cracking down on surprise balance bills, passing consumer protection laws that range from strict requirements for network service disclosures to outright bans on balance billing in certain circumstances. These resources highlight state and recent federal initiatives to address surprise medical balance billing.

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  • Resources to Help States Improve Integrated Care for Children

    This Issue Hub provides valuable resources for states interested in the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model and others working to implement payment, coverage, and cross-agency strategies to improve for integrated care coordination of behavioral, physical and health-related social needs for children eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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