Rhode Island

More than a dozen states are developing accountable health models to improve population health and control costs by addressing community needs, such as transportation, recreation, and housing. These entities’ mission — to build healthy communities through cross-sector partnerships — is supported by innovative and evolving governance structures. This NASHP chart and a companion blog highlight […]

Read More
  • State Health Policy Blog
    Q&A: How Rhode Island Tackles Social Determinants of Health through its Accountable Entity Model

    Q&A: How Rhode Island Tackles Social Determinants of Health through its Accountable Entity Model

    Across the country, states are launching new payment models that reward quality, promote care integration, improve access, and address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in an effort to improve population health. One of these ground-breaking initiatives is Rhode Island’s Accountable Entity (AE) Program, created to improve the health of Rhode Islanders enrolled in Medicaid […]

    Read More
  • Publications
    State Levers to Promote Lead Screening and Treatment: Rhode Island’s Strategies

    State Levers to Promote Lead Screening and Treatment: Rhode Island’s Strategies

    Addressing lead hazards today generates future economic benefits and improved health outcomes for children. In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Academy for State Health Policy is publishing a series of case studies highlighting effective state initiatives to promote lead screening and treatment. This study explores how Rhode Island has used […]

    Read More
  • How States Address Social Determinants of Health in Their Medicaid Contracts and Contract Guidance Documents

    How States Address Social Determinants of Health in Their Medicaid Contracts and Contract Guidance Documents

    To encourage investments in population health, states are increasingly using levers available in their managed care and value-based contracts to address social determinants of health, such as housing and employment. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Academy for State Health Policy examined Medicaid contracts and contract guidance documents in 11 states […]

    Read More
  • Publications
    State Strategies to Incorporate Oral Health into Medicaid Payment and Delivery Models for People with Chronic Medical Conditions

    State Strategies to Incorporate Oral Health into Medicaid Payment and Delivery Models for People with Chronic Medical Conditions

    State health policymakers know oral health is an essential component of overall health and well-being, but state Medicaid programs face increasing costs and growing demands. Many of their enrollees struggle with high-cost, chronic conditions — often linked to oral health issues. To explore possible approaches to improve oral health care, NASHP interviewed key Medicaid officials […]

    Read More
  • Publications
    Three-Part Series: Improving Care for People Living with HIV: Opportunities for State Medicaid-Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Collaboration

    Three-Part Series: Improving Care for People Living with HIV: Opportunities for State Medicaid-Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Collaboration

    States play critical roles in ensuring that people living with HIV (PLWH) have access to quality care through their Medicaid and Ryan White HIV/AIDS programs. PLWH can be among the most medically complex individuals covered by state health programs, and their care can cost five-times more than the average Medicaid beneficiary. Given limited resources, state […]

    Read More
  • How Governors Addressed Health Care in Their 2018 State of the State Addresses

    How Governors Addressed Health Care in Their 2018 State of the State Addresses

    Click here for a chart comparing the health topics each governor addressed. In their state of the state speeches, governors highlight policy successes and outline key proposals they want their legislatures to address. This year, governors highlighted health care issues such as Medicaid, behavioral health, and the opioid epidemic as policy priorities in these speeches. […]

    Read More
  • Publications,State Health Policy Blog

    States Develop New Approaches to Improve Population Health Through Accountable Health Models

    In this time of changing federal health priorities, state health policymakers play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of poverty and inequity so everyone can live healthy, prosperous lives. Many state leaders, with federal support, are implementing community-wide prevention initiatives that acknowledge that health is affected by factors that extend beyond clinical care. Policymakers […]

    Read More
  • Toolkits
    Toolkit: State Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV

    Toolkit: State Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV

    Read More
  • State Health Policy Blog
    Lessons from Rhode Island: How to Effectively Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Improve Public Health

    Lessons from Rhode Island: How to Effectively Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Improve Public Health

    When Rhode Island health policymakers read the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy People 2010 report, they realized their children’s generation could face a shorter life expectancy than their own unless they changed their approach to public health. In response, Department of Health officials doubled down on their commitment to address health disparities […]

    Read More