State Health Policy Blog

Leveraging State Purchasing Power to Stabilize the Individual Insurance Market: Washington State Leads the Way

Washington state has enacted a groundbreaking law to help stabilize its individual insurance market and prevent “bare counties,” areas of the state without an insurance option on its exchange. Sponsored by longtime National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) member, state Rep. Eileen Cody, HB 2408 requires insurance plans covering state or school employees to offer at least […]

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  • The Evolving Promise of Delivery System Reform Incentive Programs
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    Among the transformation initiatives states are undertaking to revamp, strengthen, and sustain their Medicaid delivery systems are provider payment incentives designed to lower costs and improve quality of care and health outcomes. A recent National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) report on Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs and similar state incentive programs, […]

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  • Mental Health and Opioid Crisis Programs Win Funding Hikes, Efforts to Stabilize Insurance Markets Fail
    State Health Policy Blog

    The new $1.3 trillion budget bill that finances the federal government through September increased funding for a number of health programs that directly impact states, including rural programs to combat the opioid crisis. There were no appropriations made to stabilize Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance markets. Under the budget, the Department of Health and Human […]

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    March 27, 2018 | Filed under: ACA, Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • NASHP State Leaders Meet to Reflect and Plan in a Changing Health Care Environment
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    Last week, 24 National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) leaders, including state lawmakers and representatives from governors’, budget, and insurance offices, Medicaid and public health agencies, and insurance exchanges, CHIP and health policy commissions met in Washington, DC, to assess the issues and opportunities confronting state health policymakers. The robust discussion helps NASHP set […]

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    March 27, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    On Friday, March 23, 2018, Congress faces an important deadline to pass an omnibus budget bill to avert a government shutdown. Measures to bolster states’ Affordable Care Act (ACA) markets are currently not in the bill, but a group of lawmakers have proposed an amendment that could strengthen and stabilize insurance markets. Sens. Lamar Alexander […]

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  • How Elimination of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Changed Consumer Enrollment in State-Based Marketplaces
    State Health Policy Blog

    State health policymakers are eagerly waiting to see if Congress’ omnibus budget bill released this week will attempt to stabilize Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance markets by reinstating ACA’s cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments. An early proposal by US Sen. Lamar Alexander would fund the cost-sharing subsidies, which reduce a family’s out-of-pocket health care costs, retroactively […]

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    March 20, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Can States Regulate Drug Costs without Violating Patent Law? Yes, Here’s Why
    State Health Policy Blog

    When states pass laws that enable them to regulate prescription drug costs or mandate drug pricing transparency, the pharmaceutical industry always fires back with lawsuits claiming the states are violating federal law. In 2017, the industry sued every state that enacted drug cost containment legislation claiming they had violated myriad federal laws, including the Patent […]

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  • Federal Promotion of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans: How Will These Plans Impact State Insurance Markets?
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    Last month, the departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services released a proposed rule that changes the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans to make it easier to sell the plans, which do not have to adhere to Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, such as covering people with pre-existing conditions. This […]

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    March 6, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • When It Comes to Selling Health Insurance, State Control Matters
    State Health Policy Blog

    According to data released by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), states that closely manage their Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace operations and outreach led the nation in enrolling consumers. State-based marketplaces (SBMs) that used carefully-crafted marketing campaigns achieved stability and increased enrollment by 0.2 percent, while states with federally-managed marketplaces saw enrollment […]

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    March 6, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • New Program Helps State Medicaid Programs Close an Immunization Disparity Gap
    State Health Policy Blog

    State Medicaid programs play a vital role in protecting public health by ensuring that children receive all of their recommended immunizations. If all children born in 2009 were fully immunized, for example, it would prevent 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease, while saving the country more than $13.5 billion in direct health […]

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    February 27, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog