State Health Policy Blog

WV Medicaid Covers an Innovative and Less Costly Treatment Model for Opioid-Affected Infants

Each year, state Medicaid programs cover more than $1 billion to care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – a condition caused by opioid use during pregnancy. NAS often results in expensive hospital stays in order to treat the infant’s withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, poor feeding, seizures, and respiratory distress. Earlier this month, […]

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  • Considering a State Individual Mandate? What Policymakers Can Learn from Massachusetts’ Experience and Maryland’s Proposal
    State Health Policy Blog

    As states reach the midway point of their 2018 legislative sessions, many are looking for ways to stabilize their insurance marketplaces now that Congress has effectively eliminated the individual mandate that required all residents to be insured or pay a penalty. Without guaranteed participation by healthier consumers, marketplaces risk having more high-cost consumers in their […]

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    February 20, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • How the Federal Government Can Help States Address Rising Prescription Drug Costs
    State Health Policy Blog

    State Medicaid programs, which face rapidly rising drug costs, have few bargaining chips to use when negotiating lower drug costs, due in part to decades-old federal rules that limit their bargaining power. NASHP, with support of The Commonwealth Fund, recently sat down with state and federal policymakers to identify policy and rule changes that could […]

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  • Overview: How the President’s Proposed FFY 2019 Budget Impacts Critical State Health Programs
    State Health Policy Blog

    On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget released the president’s FFY 2019 budget request that proposes $68.4 billion for health programs administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – which is $17.9 billion less than 2017 funding levels. The budget proposal included an addendum designed to align the proposed White […]

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    February 13, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State-Based Marketplaces See Enrollment Growth in 2018, Despite Roadblocks and Confusion
    State Health Policy Blog

    While national enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces reached 11.8 million for 2018 – about 3.7 percent less than in 2017 — enrollment in states that have more control over their marketplaces grew by 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, enrollment fell by 5.3 percent in states that use the federally-facilitated marketplace, according to data released by […]

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    February 13, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog, State Refor(u)m
  • How the Bipartisan Budget Act Impacts Key State Health Care Programs
    State Health Policy Blog

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which continues government funding through March 23, 2018, addressed funding for several health care programs that heavily impact states. The temporary federal budget includes bipartisan agreement on discretionary budget caps for two years, which should help Congress put together a larger omnibus spending bill in March. The following outlines […]

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    February 13, 2018 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Four More States Submit Bills to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada
    State Health Policy Blog

    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
    State Health Policy Blog

    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