State Health Policy Blog

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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    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

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    And They’re Off: New State-based Marketplace Consumer Services and Supports Launch for OE3

    On November 1, health insurance marketplaces officially opened to millions of individuals for 2016 enrollment. Early reports indicate a smooth launch of the open enrollment season, partially due to several new tools to ease enrollment and renewal processes for marketplace consumers. Smarter Plan Comparison Tools Recent articles have featured the many new shopping tools available […]

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    Keeping a Focus on Children During Open Enrollment

    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

    Top 5 Themes We Saw Emerge From #NASHPconf15

    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

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    To Improve Health and Lower Costs, Oregon Gets Flexible

    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 Marketplaces’ Proof is in their Performance at Congressional Oversight Hearing

    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

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    Money Talks: How SIM Round 1 States Are Reducing Costs

    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