• How Six States Use Medicaid Managed Care to Serve the Unique Needs of Children with Special Health Care Needs

    Medicaid managed care can help states strengthen health care systems serving children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. NASHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, studied how six states designed their managed care systems and developed strategies to identify, assess, and enroll CYSHCN, improve care quality and coordination, and establish effective state agency partnerships. The report builds on NASHP’s 50-state scan summarizing how Medicaid managed care systems provide services to CYSHCN and states’ use of Medicaid quality metrics for CYSHCN. Read more.

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  • Report Highlights Effective State Strategies to Improve Lead Screening and Treatment in Children

    More than 535,000 children under age five have high blood lead levels. Low-income children, who are more likely to live in older housing, are particularly at risk. A new NASHP report details the health impacts of lead in children and screening and treatment requirements under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The brief also highlights effective state strategies to improve screening and treatment of lead toxicity in children.

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  • Pennsylvania’s Insurance Chief Fights for Consumers and Health Insurance Access

    In late March, NASHP member Jessica Altman became Pennsylvania’s insurance commissioner, responsible for protecting consumers in the fifth-largest insurance market in the country. Altman helped implement the Affordable Care Act before joining Pennsylvania’s Insurance Department in 2015. In this Q&A, Altman talks about the evolving role of insurance coverage in state and national politics, and how her own career trajectory has followed the evolution of health insurance as the country’s critical health care issue.

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  • The Administration Proposes Short-Term Insurance Plans that Could Weaken State Marketplaces

    The federal government has proposed rules to make short-term health insurance policies easier to sell — unless states have regulations in place to restrict these less expensive but “thinner” health insurance plans. The plans don’t have to follow Affordable Care Act guidelines, such as covering people with pre-existing illnesses, so many fear that young, healthy consumers will leave state marketplaces for these plans, leaving only high-cost consumers buying ACA marketplace insurance plans. Read how this proposal impacts states.

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  • Learn the Latest in 2018 State Legislative Action to Control Rx Drug Costs

    As the 2018 state legislative session begins, NASHP is continuing to track state legislative action to control pharmaceutical costs. Last year, states introduced dozens of bills to curb costs, and the trend is continuing. NASHP’s Center for State Rx Drug Costs has produced a series of maps and charts summarizing state legislative themes and actions. NASHP will continue to report on and track this legislation; visit the page often for updated information.

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