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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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    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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  • Publications

    Oklahoma Promotes Healthy Child Development through Increased Well-Child Visits and Screenings Using Innovative Funding

    Developmental screening can lead to early intervention during a child’s first years – a critical time in children’s development. Oklahoma recently took steps to increase well-child visits and developmental screening during children’s first three years of life through a Health Services Initiative (HSI), which uses Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) administrative dollars to support children’s […]

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    Maine Forges New Ground and Enacts Comprehensive Drug Package

    Last week, Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a comprehensive package of prescription drug cost control legislation that addresses pharmaceutical prices throughout the supply chain. The four new laws include: Stricter requirements on pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs); Updates to its drug transparency program to require more prescriptive data collection and enforcement mechanisms; Establishment of […]

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    July 1, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Maine, State Health Policy Blog

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    Delaware Takes on High Prescription Drug Costs by Leveraging Public Purchasers

    Delaware’s state Legislature has established the Interagency Pharmaceuticals Purchasing Study Group to recommend steps to leverage bulk purchasing of drugs to effectively negotiate lower prices by using interagency and multistate purchasing contracts, and other approaches. The measure easily passed the House on a voice vote and unanimously passed the Senate. The study group has an […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    NASHP Updates Model Drug Price Transparency Legislation, Featuring a Common Data Set for Cross-State Comparisons and Stronger Enforcement

    As drug price transparency measures proliferate across states, the National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) has released revised model transparency legislation featuring a common data set to reduce reporter burden and yield standardized, actionable data that will be comparable across states.  The data — to be reported by manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), wholesalers, and insurers — will […]

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    April 23, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Front Page-Rx, Maine, State Health Policy Blog

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    New Law Enables New Mexico to Leverage State Purchasing Power to Lower Rx Spending

    New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham recently signed into law SB 131, establishing a state Interagency Pharmacy Purchasing Council to leverage public purchasing power by reviewing and coordinating cost-containment strategies through procurement of pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical benefits, and pooling of risk among state agencies. Cosponsored by state Sen. Jeff Steinborn* and Rep. Joanne Farrary, the law also […]

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    New Governors Take the Long View in Addressing Early Childhood Development

    State policymakers have historically promoted early childhood development improvements, but this year a growing number are acknowledging children’s early years as critical in determining their future health and success during adulthood. As a result, governors are promoting investments in the future health of their states by focusing resources on their youngest citizens. This investment can […]

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