State Health Policy Blog

Trending Now: State Legislation that Bans Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ “Gag Clauses”

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
    State Health Policy Blog

    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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance outlining a new policy that allows states to implement work and community engagement requirements for certain Medicaid enrollees. States would be permitted to seek federal approval to require non-elderly, non-pregnant adults who are not eligible for Medicaid due to a disability to participate […]

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    January 16, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Publications,State Health Policy Blog

    In this time of changing federal health priorities, state health policymakers play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of poverty and inequity so everyone can live healthy, prosperous lives. Many state leaders, with federal support, are implementing community-wide prevention initiatives that acknowledge that health is affected by factors that extend beyond clinical care. Policymakers […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Congress’ short-term patch for the currently unfunded Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program may not be enough to avoid disenrolling families as some state officials predict they will exhaust these funds as soon as January and February. Uncertainty about the program’s future persists as states work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to […]

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  • State Health Watch – What’s Ahead in 2018?
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    State health policymakers enter 2018 buffeted by unsettled insurance markets, reductions in public health and prevention revenue, and uncertain funding for Medicaid and health care delivery reforms. Will state innovation and more flexibility to restructure insurance and payment and delivery systems be enough to reduce medical costs and safeguard access to health care? Will new […]

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    January 9, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog