State Health Policy Blog

2015 has drawn to a close, and with it deadlines for consumers to have coverage on January 1. The Department of Health and Human Services has recently released an enrollment update, citing that over 11.2 million individuals have enrolled in plans through the marketplace, 2.7 million of which have come through the 13 states operating […]

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    Accountable Health Community Models: What’s the State Role?

    With growing recognition that the health care delivery system alone cannot improve population health, there is increasing movement at the state and local levels to create new relationships between systems that focus on traditional health care delivery and those that extend to work, housing, family, and community life. CMMI recently announced an initiative to test […]

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    The Kentucky ‘Wrap’: Decreasing Administrative Costs for Medicaid and FQHCs in MCO Payment Reconciliation

    States that have implemented managed care in their Medicaid programs face the complex and time consuming task of reconciling managed care payments to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to ensure they are at, or above, their Prospective Payment System (PPS) rates. Several senior Medicaid officials raised this issue during a recent NASHP meeting on the […]

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    January 12, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Kentucky, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog

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    State Medicaid Expansion Plans: 2015 Recap and 2016 Possibilities

    As 2015 comes to a close, Medicaid expansion activity in states has not slowed down. Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid, and six of these states have chosen to pursue waivers to implement alternative versions of expansion. As the new year approaches, a number of additional states are considering options […]

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    NASHP’s 2015 Health Policy Year in Review

    NASHP has long been a key health policy go-to for states, and 2015 was no different. It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since I rejoined the organization. We began 2015 hearing from governors across the country calling for progress in reducing health care cost growth, discussing state based exchanges, improving behavioral health […]

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    December 22, 2015 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    Will There Be State Innovation Under Section 1332 Waivers?

    Will there be state innovation under Section 1332 Waivers? Since the ACA was enacted in 2010, a number of states have been looking at the law’s State Innovation Waiver, also known as Section 1332, as a way to reimagine the ACA’s approach to health insurance coverage. Apart from final rules issued in 2012 that focused […]

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    December 15, 2015 | Filed under: All, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    An Update on Open Enrollment in the State-Based Marketplaces

    The winter holiday season is in full swing and as many people are counting down to their celebrations, the health insurance marketplaces are counting down to their December enrollment deadlines to ensure consumers are covered by January 1. To date, the marketplaces have reported steady progress on enrollment. As of November 28, CMS reported that […]

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    December 8, 2015 | Filed under: Front Page, State Exchanges, State Health Policy Blog

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    Highlights from the Behavioral Health Pre-conference: It’s All About Collaboration

    On October 19th in Dallas, NASHP brought together a diverse group of state and federal Medicaid and mental health leaders to talk about emerging issues in the world of mental health, substance use, and recovery. True to its title, the pre-conference session “Whole Person Care: Finding Shared Solutions Across Mental Health, Substance Use, and Medicaid […]

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    Talking Coverage: SBMs Keep Lines of Communication Open with Consumers

    Heading into the third week of open enrollment, early outlook has been positive for State-based marketplace (SBM) states. California recently wrapped up a 2,000-mile bus tour to “spotlight” the launch of open enrollment; Massachusetts and Vermont, which in prior years struggled with technical systems, report smooth enrollment via their enhanced systems; Minnesota is touting a […]

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    November 24, 2015 | Filed under: State Health Policy Blog

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    The Healthier Washington Initiative Promotes Accountable Communities of Health Statewide

    At a recent NASHP preconference, Improving Health, Lowering Costs: Translating Population Health into Effective State Policy, we heard from Washington State about the innovative work currently underway as part of its Healthier Washington initiative. This panel featured MaryAnne Lindeblad from the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) and two local perspectives: Patty Hayes, Director of Public […]

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    November 13, 2015 | Filed under: Population Health, State Health Policy Blog, State Refor(u)m