• How Vermont Will Implement Its New Rx Drug Importation Law

    Vermont, the first state to approve a wholesale program to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, must now win approval from the US Department of Health and Human Services to begin implementing its program. Vermont must convince the federal government that its imported drugs will be safe and save consumers money. Read how they’re doing it.

  • How to Strengthen Medicaid Managed Care for CYSHCN through Title V and Medicaid Partnerships

    Medicaid and state Title V programs provide critical services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. As Medicaid programs increasingly use managed care delivery systems to provide these services, many state Medicaid and Title V programs are joining forces to ensure they meet the unique needs of CYSHCN. This brief explores effective, partnership strategies identified in NASHP’s 50-state review of state Medicaid managed care programs that serve CYSHCN. Read more.

  • State Policymakers Work to Hold Hospitals Accountable for Community Benefits Spending

    Nonprofit hospitals receive billions in tax exemptions each year, in exchange, the IRS requires them to invest in community health. Hospitals spend most of this money on medical care for low-income residents, but can this money be spent more effectively by targeting the social determinants of health? About 80 percent of people’s health is affected by factors such as access to nutritious food, safe housing, education, and good jobs. A new workgroup is examining how states can use their policy levers to get hospitals to more effectively support state health goals. Read more.

  • #NASHPCONF18 Agenda Announced and Conference Registration Is Now Open!

    The agenda and registration for NASHP’s 31st Annual State Health Policy Conference, Shifting Tides in State Health Policy, are now available! Lock in your participation today and learn the latest from the nation’s leading experts about ways to reduce health care costs, address work force shortages, improve chronic care, stabilize the individual insurance market, and tackle the social determinants of health through effective policies and more! Attendees at last year’s event gave NASHP’s conference a 97 percent rating for overall substance. This year’s conference, from Aug. 15 to 17 in Jacksonville, FL, will explore issues that are critical to the state health policy community. This is a “must-attend” event!

  • 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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