State Health Policy Blog

Four More States Submit Bills to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada

As states pursue a wide range of legislation to address rising drug costs, four more states have joined Utah and Vermont to introduce bills to import prescription drugs from Canada through a state-run, wholesale operation. This market-based approach to providing more affordable medicines from Canada, where prescription drugs cost on average 30 percent less than […]

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  • States Await Federal Action on Critical Health Care Safety Net Funding
    State Health Policy Blog

      One out of twelve Americans and one out of six adults and children covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) receive their care at health centers funded in part by the federal Health Center Program. Funding uncertainty for this program and two other federal safety net programs — the National Health […]

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    February 6, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • NASHP Workgroup Bridges Research and Health Care Policy
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    National reports show it takes 17 years[1] before medical research is put into practice by health care providers. Why does it take so long? Are there levers or tools, such as payment incentives or provider education, that state health policymakers can use to bridge that gap? The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently […]

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    January 30, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Bracing for an Uncertain 2018, States Can Apply the Flexibility and Innovation Learned in 2017
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    The federal political and funding uncertainties that affected state health insurance coverage in 2017, including the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are expected to reverberate through 2018. But this year, state health care policymakers have some lessons learned about the value of state flexibility and innovation as they navigate another tumultuous year. […]

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    January 30, 2018 | Filed under: ACA, Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Trending Now: State Legislation that Bans Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ “Gag Clauses”
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    A growing number of state legislatures across the country are introducing bills to outlaw a “gag clause” that prevents pharmacists from telling consumers when there are cheaper prescription drug alternatives available. Some of the bills also require fuller disclosure about the business relationships between pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, and pharmacies in order to address […]

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  • State Legislatures Start Out Strong in 2018 with Bills to Curb Rx Drug Costs
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    With the federal government continuing to take no action to curb drug costs, states legislatures across the country are intensifying their efforts in 2018 to staunch the financial hemorrhage to health care budgets caused by escalating prescription drug costs. Three weeks into 2018, 43 bills designed to rein in prescription drug costs have been introduced […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Yesterday, after a three-day federal government shutdown, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) bill that was quickly signed into law to keep the federal government operating through Feb. 8, 2018. After months of delay, Congress included new, long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the CR. Since September 2017, when consistent federal […]

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  • A Glimpse at Kentucky’s Newly Approved Medicaid Work Requirement Waiver
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    Last week, for the first time the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a Medicaid waiver application that includes work and community engagement requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility for certain enrollees. Approval of Kentucky HEALTH’s Medicaid waiver proposal, which will run through Sept. 30, 2023, came one day after CMS released […]

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    January 16, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Maryland Lawmakers Submit Drug Cost Review Bill Based on NASHP’s Model Legislation
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    ANNAPOLIS — State lawmakers are scheduled to introduce a bill today that empowers Maryland to regulate prescription drug costs by evaluating the affordability of certain drugs and imposing limits on what the state and commercial health plans will pay them. Based on model legislation created by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    In early January, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) asked all state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid officials: How state CHIP funding exhaustion dates and contingency planning had changed as a result of the Dec. 22, 2017, continuing resolution that provided states with a short-term allotment of $2.85 billion, and What […]

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