• Maine Forges New Ground and Enacts Comprehensive Rx Legislation

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills recently signed into law a comprehensive package of four drug cost control bills that work together to addresses pharmaceutical prices throughout the supply chain. The laws create a drug affordability board, regulate pharmacy benefit managers, strengthen price transparency regulations, and support a drug importation program. This integrated package of laws advances states’ efforts to curb rising drug prices.

  • 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.

  • #NASHPCONF19 Agenda Announced and Conference Registration Opens!

    The agenda and registration for NASHP’s 32nd Annual State Health Policy Conference are available! Join hundreds of state leaders from across the country on Aug. 21-23, 2019, in Chicago to learn about state initiatives to curb health care and drug costs, promote social determinants of health, protect consumers from surprise billing, and improve substance use disorder treatment, and more! Learn from state leaders what innovative solutions they are using to address health policy challenges.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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