State Health Policy Blog

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) third annual open enrollment period kicked off November 1st and continues through January 31, 2016. During this time, individuals can enroll or renew coverage in qualified health plans through state and federal exchanges. The ACA’s open enrollment period is a great time to focus on reaching and enrolling children as […]

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  • Top 5 Themes We Saw Emerge From #NASHPconf15
    State Health Policy Blog

    State health policy leaders from all 50 states and the District of Columbia converged in Dallas for our largest-ever annual conference. Packed sessions and hallway conversations had the place abuzz with ideas and challenges as states move ahead with system-changing reforms. Without the brainpower of our members and attendees identifying key issues and best practices […]

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    November 2, 2015 | Filed under: Featured, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    When it comes to keeping members healthy—not just treating them when they’re sick—the Oregon Health Authority knows it can pay to be flexible. Through its 1115 demonstration, Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) can pay for non-medical services that improve the health of their members while lowering costs. CCOs are local networks of Medicaid providers that […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Last week, six state-based marketplace directors (CA, CT, HI, MA, MN, and OR) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, where they faced tough questions on their marketplace performance, impact and future prospects. The hearing was notable for its intensive focus on operations, signaling a new emphasis […]

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    October 6, 2015 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    As U.S. health care spending continues to grow every year, the State Innovation Model (SIM), a first-of-its-kind grant that provides a large federal investment to state-led health care reform, aims to address the Triple Aim to improve care, improve population health, and reduce health care costs. Since 2013, six Round 1 test states have been […]

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    September 29, 2015 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    States are developing new ways to pay Medicaid providers based on quality and efficiency over number of visits. However, these payment options can present challenges for states in integrating safety net providers into their efforts. In Oregon, Medicaid and the state’s Primary Care Association (PCA) have embarked on an alternative payment model that is breaking […]

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    September 14, 2015 | Filed under: Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Recent media reports have featured chronically homeless individuals who have improved their health and reduced their emergency department use thanks to one intervention:supportive housing. According to one federal agency, supportive housing is “an approach to subsidized housing that provides voluntary services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions to promote long-term stability, recovery and improved health.” […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    What are state and federal policymakers looking for when they invest[i] in state health care demonstration projects? Results. Policymakers need evaluation data to justify investments to legislators and other stakeholders, and to accurately assess the effectiveness of the demonstrations. However, gauging the impact of state demonstrations through monitoring and evaluation requires a great deal of […]

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    August 18, 2015 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    States have made great strides in enrolling and retaining children in health coverage over the past several years. However, once enrolled, children do not always access screenings and preventive services. A missed well-child visit or a skipped developmental screening can result in undiagnosed and untreated medical issues that when discovered can be costly to treat. […]

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    August 6, 2015 | Filed under: Children's Health, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Last week’s ruling in King v. Burwell affirmed the provision of tax-subsidies through the federally-facilitated marketplace (FFM), a decision which may have affected over 6.4 million Americans currently receiving subsidies in the 34 states that have opted for the FFM model. The ruling has asserted the place of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with state […]

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    June 30, 2015 | Filed under: Charts, State Exchanges, State Health Policy Blog