Washington

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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  • Governing Accountable Health Entities: Examples from 12 States

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Washington’s Medicaid Chief Examines the Future of Medicaid and Health Reforms

    Washington’s Medicaid Chief Examines the Future of Medicaid and Health Reforms

    MaryAnne Lindeblad oversees Washington State’s Apple Health (Medicaid) program, which serves more than 1.8 million residents. She also chairs the National Academy for State Health Policy’s executive committee and is a National Association of Medicaid Directors board member. Lindeblad took time recently to talk to NASHP about the future of Medicaid and health care reform. […]

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    June 26, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog, Washington

  • State Health Policy Blog
    Leveraging State Purchasing Power to Stabilize the Individual Insurance Market: Washington State Leads the Way

    Leveraging State Purchasing Power to Stabilize the Individual Insurance Market: Washington State Leads the Way

    Washington state has enacted a groundbreaking law to help stabilize its individual insurance market and prevent “bare counties,” areas of the state without an insurance option on its exchange. Sponsored by longtime National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) member, state Rep. Eileen Cody, HB 2408 requires insurance plans covering state or school employees to offer at least […]

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  • 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. […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Innovative Community Health Worker Strategies: Medicaid Payment Models for Community Health Worker Home Visits

    Innovative Community Health Worker Strategies: Medicaid Payment Models for Community Health Worker Home Visits

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