State Health Policy Blog

December Is the Most Critical Month Yet for States’ CHIP Funding

Congressional inaction in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has put states – and the children and families CHIP covers– in a cliffhanger scenario. While there have been encouraging legislative steps taken to extend the program, the bill currently appears to be stalled. With the help of temporary, reallocated CHIP funding, states are continuing […]

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  • Lessons from Project LAUNCH: Promoting Healthy Child Development through Behavioral Health Integration and Mental Health Consultation Where Children Live, Learn, and Grow
    State Health Policy Blog

    The first few years of life are critical to a child’s development, setting the foundation for success in school and overall health and well-being later in life. Recent research proves that providing early, skilled behavioral and mental health interventions in venues where young children and their families live and play is highly effective at improving […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Introduction by NASHP Executive Director Trish Riley In a period of change and uncertainty at the federal level, states are on the front line, searching for firm footing and clear direction as they responsibly steward their public programs, protect their consumers, and balance state budgets. When the federal government stopped funding cost sharing reductions (CSR) […]

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    December 5, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Virologic Suppression occurs when the amount of HIV in the blood is lowered to below 200 copies per milliliter or undetectable levels.PLWH are more likely to achieve and maintain virologic suppression when they have access to high-quality, coordinated and comprehensive care, antiretroviral therapy, and support services. A substantial body of research shows that virally-suppressed people […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    State health officials crowded into a NASHP annual health policy conference room recently to discuss how to identify and use evidence to inform policymaking in their home states. The day-long conference, entitled Using Evidence to Inform Policymaking and supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), explored the challenges state leaders face as they work to apply data and […]

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    November 28, 2017 | Filed under: 2017 Conference, Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    With open enrollment for 2018 health insurance marketplaces underway, states and insurance companies are already pondering how to set rates and parameters for their health insurance products in 2019, especially in the wake of proposed US Department of Health and Human Services’ insurance regulations. As written, the new rules would require states to make a […]

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    November 21, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    More than 200 state health officials crowded into a National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) annual conference session recently to learn about strategies to improve population health and reduce costs while simultaneously transforming their state’s health care finance and delivery models. An Accountable Community for Health (ACH) is: An alliance of health care providers, […]

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  • How States Can Avoid Dormant Commerce Clause Legal Challenges When Regulating Drug Costs
    State Health Policy Blog

    New state laws designed to control the costs of brand-name and generic prescription drugs often face legal challenges from the pharmaceutical industry. These lawsuits can vary depending on the individual state law, but recent industry lawsuits analyzed by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) share a common legal thread – drug manufacturers and […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    State policymakers increasingly recognize the need to address the social determinants of health — housing, employment, education, and income — to reduce health care costs and improve population health. Educational attainment, for example, provides dividends for overall health. People with higher levels of education generally live longer and experience healthier lives. The quality of education […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two informational bulletins detailing a new, streamlined approach for the review and management of Section 1115 demonstrations and state plan amendments and 1915 waivers. The streamlined approach, which CMS promised to undertake last March, is significant for states because it may enhance their ability […]

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    November 7, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog