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Last week, California enacted the first-in-the-nation state law to combat pay-for-delay deals between brand-name and generic pharmaceutical drug manufacturers. In a pay-for-delay deal, a brand manufacturer pays a generic competitor to settle patent litigation and keep the lower-cost version of the drug off the market. Delaying market entry of generic drugs limits competition and can […]

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    Q&A: How Maryland Uses Multiple Policy Levers to Improve Health Coverage, Affordability, and Access

    Maryland has a long history of enacting statewide health reforms and 2019 was no exception with the passage of several significant reforms, including the Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program (MEEHP), which passed with bipartisan support and was signed by Gov. Larry Hogan in June. Maryland is also implementing a new value-based plan design for health insurance marketplace plans and […]

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    Nevada Fines Rx Manufacturers $17.4 Million for Failing to Explain Diabetes Medications’ Price Hikes

    Last week, Nevada fined 21 pharmaceutical companies $17.4 million for failing to submit a report explaining recent, significant price hikes to essential diabetes drugs, as required by the state’s drug cost transparency law. Faced with drug price increases far outpacing rates of inflation, states across the country are enacting transparency laws designed to shed light […]

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    Implementing Rx Drug Transparency: States Are Shining a Light on High-Cost Drugs and their Impact on Premiums

    As health plans prepare to submit rate filings, a new report from Oregon’s Division of Financial Regulation’s Prescription Drug Price Transparency Program illuminates just how much prescription drug prices impact insurance premiums. To increase health care cost transparency, Oregon requires health insurance companies to report on the impact of prescription drug prices on insurance plan […]

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    State Medicaid Levers to Promote Immunization: California’s Experience

    Vaccines are a powerful and cost-effective tool to prevent diseases and save lives. Once common, deadly diseases such as polio, measles, and mumps are preventable and smallpox no longer exists outside of a laboratory. According to research estimates, of 4.3 million infants born in the United States in 2009, vaccines will prevent 40,000 deaths and […]

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    Montana Uses Patient-Centered Medical Homes to Holistically Address Children’s Health Needs

    Montana recently expanded its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program benefits to most children enrolled in Medicaid and the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Montana enhanced its PCMH program by: Expanding the pool of approved providers; Increasing the number of quality measures that must be tracked; and Adding complex care management (CCM) – a coordinated […]

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    Connecticut’s Interagency Partnerships Help Promote Child Health Screenings

    Connecticut has mobilized a wide array of stakeholder partnerships to achieve notable advancements in childhood developmental and behavioral health screenings by providers. Each year, states report their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program changes, accomplishments, and challenges to the federal government through the CHIP Annual Report Template System (CARTS). In Connecticut’s latest 2018 report, the […]

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    How Washington State Is Reducing Costs and Improving Coverage Value – A Q&A with its Health Benefit Exchange CEO

    Washington State made history recently with passage of Chapter 364 – a new law that is poised to revolutionize the state’s individual insurance market. The law takes a multi-pronged approach to its market redesign by: Creating a quasi-public option product for Washington’s individual market; Requiring standard plan design for plans sold on its exchange; and […]

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    How California Is Moving the Needle on Coverage and Costs: An Interview with Covered California Leaders

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new budget has infused significant funds to make health care coverage sold through its health insurance marketplace (Covered California) more affordable and has made new subsidies available to middle-income individuals earning between 400 to 600 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). • California’s new subsidy program assists those earning up […]

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    Minnesota and Indiana Governors Work to Improve Social Equity and Health in Every Zip Code

    In their 2019 state of the state speeches, 13 governors addressed social equity, acknowledging that reducing inequities and improving opportunities for all residents improves lives and health outcomes. Two of them — Indiana and Minnesota – offer examples of how states are orchestrating their legislative and administrative efforts to reduce health disparities and promote social […]

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