State Health Policy Blog

Health Services Initiative Gives States Unique Tools to Improve the Health of Low-Income Children

With federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) assured through 2027, states can consider using a portion of their CHIP dollars to improve the health of low-income children through innovative Health Services Initiative (HSI). HSIs provide states with a mechanism to use CHIP administrative dollars to fund a range of activities beyond just […]

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  • How States Can Improve Access to Care for Children Under the Medicaid Managed Care Rule
    State Health Policy Blog

    Next month, states face new federal requirements for establishing and maintaining Medicaid managed care provider networks. As they work to comply with these new rules, states have an opportunity to strengthen access to care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Medicaid and requirements, which address how enrollees access care and the […]

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  • Ministry, Association, and Short-Term Health Plans: What’s a State to Do?
    State Health Policy Blog

    The Trump Administration is expanding the availability of alternatives to Affordable Care Act-compliant health insurance. Rules to expand association health plans and short-term limited duration health plans are imminent. So what’s a state to do to prepare consumers and insurance markets for these alternative plans? The Administration asserts these alternatives will provide choice and lower-cost […]

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  • The Roadmap Ahead: New York’s Value-Based Payments Reward Communities and Providers for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
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    Medicaid payment models in many states are shifting away from rewarding providers for the quantity of care they provide to models that reward high-quality, coordinated care that addresses some of the broader social factors that influence health and well-being. One example is New York’s Value-Based Payment (VBP) Roadmap, which rewards Medicaid providers and community-based organizations […]

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  • The Federal Government Considers Updating Data Collection and Analysis of Drug Prices
    State Health Policy Blog

    The Trump Administration announced a series of initiatives earlier this month to reduce prescription drug prices and patient drug costs. Its American Patients First provides an outline of ideas for future action and reprises initiatives the Administration recently began. The Administration is now seeking public input on many of these proposed policies. The Administration’s Request […]

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  • New Law Helps States Pay for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with Federal Foster Care Funds
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    The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), passed as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act in February 2018, presents a new funding option for states to provide mental health and substance abuse services in order to prevent the placement of children in foster care. The number of children entering foster care has increased in recent […]

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  • Oklahoma Uses Focus Groups to Identify Strategies to Better Serve Foster Care Youth
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    Oklahoma uses focus groups to identify ways to improve treatment guidelines, communication, and medication monitoring for foster care youth enrolled in Medicaid. May is National Foster Care Month and for the fourth consecutive year the number of children in foster care nationwide has climbed, fueled in part by the opioid epidemic, according to the Adoption and […]

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  • How Vermont Will Implement Its Groundbreaking Rx Drug Importation Law
    State Health Policy Blog

    Vermont is the first state in the nation to approve a wholesale program to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, following Gov. Phil Scott’s signing of the landmark law last week. Vermont now begins the task of winning approval from the secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and implementing its […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    On Friday, May 11, the Trump Administration announced a series of potential policy options that, if implemented, aim to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. The initiative, called American Patients First, is described in the nearly 40-page document that lacks many specifics for the policy options. HHS Secretary Azar provided more detail on some of […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Twelve governors flagged health care workforce needs as a key priority in their 2018 State of the State Addresses, an increase from only eight in 2017. States across the country are experiencing shortages of health care professionals, with the gap projected to increase in the coming years as America’s population continues to age. These workforce […]

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    May 15, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Indiana, State Health Policy Blog