State Health Policy Blog

Medicaid Expansion in Maine Moves from the Legislature to the Courts

A successful citizens referendum to expand Medicaid stalled in the state Legislature and moved to the courts this week. Over the past five years, the Maine Legislature has passed several bills to expand the state’s Medicaid program – MaineCare – under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act to cover a greater number of low-income […]

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  • Learn the Latest about State Efforts to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements
    State Health Policy Blog

    More than 30 states have proposed or are in the process of implementing Medicaid work requirements, in some cases to enable Medicaid expansion. Read what individual states are doing and what’s behind their efforts. Since January, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow states to require certain enrollees to participate in […]

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    May 1, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Nevada’s Insurance Exchange Director Talks about Transitioning to a State-Based Marketplace and Saving Millions
    State Health Policy Blog

    Nevada’s marketplace is poised to become the first to transition from the federal platform to an entirely state-run exchange. Its director explains how the move will save millions and improve residents’ health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, states can either administer their own health insurance marketplaces as state-based marketplaces (SBMs), or default to the federally-run marketplace. Nevada is one of […]

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    April 24, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • While the Administration Mulls How to Curb Prescription Costs, State Legislatures Take the Lead
    State Health Policy Blog

    As the country awaits the Administration’s plan to curb Rx drug costs, states take the lead, proposing and passing legislation to lower costs, despite industry opposition. As we await the details of President Trump’s proposals to curb escalating drug prices, states are continuing to push legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, despite the strong […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    More than 10 million adults in the United States have serious mental illness (SMI) and 26 percent are covered by Medicaid. Today, states are investing in and creating new care delivery models to support these individuals, including behavioral health homes, and are employing a new health care workforce – peer navigators – to support these […]

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    April 24, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released rules governing Affordable Care Act health plans in 2019 that give states the flexibility to revise what insurance plans are sold through their individual and small group marketplaces, and give consumers the option to buy “thinner” plans at lower prices. The long-awaited final […]

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  • Do You Know What’s Really Driving Up Health Care Costs in Your State? Take This Quiz
    State Health Policy Blog

    Do you really know what’s driving up health care costs in the United States? Take this true or false quiz to separate fact from fiction. It’s common knowledge that health care spending in the United States is much higher than in other developed countries, and our out-sized spending doesn’t even help us live longer. A new […]

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    April 17, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative
    State Health Policy Blog

    Morrison County’s Accountable Community for Health Accomplishments: Tapered 453 patients off narcotic, stimulants, and benzodiazepine prescriptions, which resulted in 540,000 fewer doses; Saved Medicaid $3.8 million by reducing these drug prescriptions; and Reduced jail time from an average 17 days to less than one in 36 surveyed patients who received medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone). *CHI St. […]

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  • States’ Prescription Drug Transparency Laws Open the Black Box of Drug Pricing
    State Health Policy Blog

    Several states have passed drug price transparency laws that require drug makers to report the reasons behind dramatic price increases. These laws are an important first step to shine a light on why drug prices are rapidly climbing. To address a problem, state health policymakers need to understand it, but transparency laws don’t yet give […]

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  • Leveraging State Purchasing Power to Stabilize the Individual Insurance Market: Washington State Leads the Way
    State Health Policy Blog

    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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