State Health Policy Blog

As States Take the Lead to Address Drug Costs, Federal Action Follows

*Update: On Oct. 10, 2018, President Trump signed two bills designed to increase prescription drug price transparency by prohibiting gag clauses, which prevent pharmacists from disclosing lower-cost drug options to consumers. One bill prohibits gag clauses under Medicare Part D starting in 2020 and the other affects private insurance markets and goes into effect immediately. […]

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  • States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care
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    Prevention and collaboration were the key themes as state policymakers explored innovative and cost-effective strategies to integrate oral health and primary care during #NASHPCONF18’s session, Cross Currents: Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care. Speakers underscored the importance of high-quality and regular dental care in preventing major oral and physical health problems and delivering cost […]

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    September 11, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Oral Health, State Health Policy Blog
  • States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies
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    As part of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) health and housing institute, officials from five states (IL, LA, NY, OR, and TX) met with other policymakers at #NASHPCONF18 to share how they work across agency siloes to improve health and housing for vulnerable populations, including those experiencing homelessness, struggling with behavioral health […]

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    September 11, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, State Health Policy Blog, Texas
  • Webinar: State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Children and Families Affected by Opioids
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    In partnership with the Alliance for Early Success, NASHP is hosting a webinar, State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis, from 2 to 3 p.m. (EST), Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, to highlight New Hampshire’s coordinated approach to meet the needs of young children affected by opioid […]

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    September 4, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • As States Brace for ACA Lawsuit, Senate Considers Protections for Pre-existing Conditions
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    Ten Republican Senators recently introduced legislation to protect patients with pre-existing conditions. While these protections are already included in federal law though the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the proposed bill would preserve some of those protections in the event the ACA is overturned as a result of ongoing litigation. Specifically, the Senate bill proposes to: […]

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  • #NASHPCONF18: Policymakers Share Their Approaches to Stabilize State Individual Insurance Markets
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    During NASHP’s recent state health policy conference, state insurance experts explored the dramatic changes that recent federal action has foisted on their individual health insurance markets. In a second report from this conference session, they highlight strategies they’ve used to stabilize markets and identify lingering challenges to insurance markets’ affordability and choice. While many state […]

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  • New NASHP Model Legislation Helps States Bring Transparency to Pharmacy Benefit Managers
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    The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has released model legislation to help states shed light on the opaque business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). States can use the model bill to require the licensing of PBMs, ban gag clauses that prevent pharmacists from sharing lower-price drug options with consumers, and require more […]

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  • #NASHPCONF18: State Policymakers Share Views on the Evolving Individual Insurance Markets
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    During NASHP’s 31st Annual State Health Policy Conference last week, experts and state officials assessed the dramatic sea changes that recent federal action has imposed on their individual health insurance markets, what they are doing to stabilize them, and what the future holds. Below, NASHP summarizes what panelists said about the current state of their […]

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  • State Lawmaker Will Guzzardi Plots His Next Move to Curb Generic Drug Price Gouging in Illinois
    State Health Policy Blog

    Earlier this year, Illinois state Rep. Will Guzzardi proposed an aggressive, anti-price-gouging bill that banned manufacturers from excessively hiking the costs of generic drugs sold to Illinois residents for his first foray into prescription cost control legislation. Guzzardi’s bill was one of a dozen anti-price gouging measures introduced in state legislature this year. The bill […]

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  • Lower-Cost, Short-Term Insurance Plan Approved, But at What Cost to State Markets and Consumers?
    State Health Policy Blog

    Last week, the federal government released its final rule expanding the availability of short-term health insurance plans, which are usually less costly and do not have to cover pre-existing conditions or certain health care services. Increased enrollment in short-term plans is expected to upend states’ individual insurance markets unless states take steps to offset their […]

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