State Health Policy Blog

On Dec. 21, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) bill to keep the federal government operational through Jan. 19, 2018, and it includes new, short-term federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Specifically, the CR: Provides $2.85 billion in new federal allotments to states for CHIP for the period from Oct. 1, 2017, […]

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  • Case Studies: Innovative State Programs That Promote Children’s Health
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    Many states use innovative approaches in their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid programs to improve the quality of pediatric care and preventive services. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal and Child Health, NASHP has developed several case studies that highlight successful initiatives […]

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  • Reining in Rx Drug Costs: What States Achieved in 2017 and Where They’re Heading in 2018
    State Health Policy Blog

    In a year of tense partisan debate over the future of health care, one issue has achieved rare bipartisan agreement — the need to curb rising prescription drug costs. Polls show again and again that Americans, regardless of political affiliation, view the high costs of drugs as one of their chief health care concerns. Reviews […]

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  • Congress Poised to Act on Insurance Reforms, with Major Repercussions for All States
    State Health Policy Blog

    As Congress barrels toward the end of the year, several bills are in play that will have major and almost immediate ramifications for health insurance markets. They include: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) The Alexander-Murray insurance market stabilization bill The Nelson-Collins reinsurance program bill Temporary elimination of the health insurance tax (H.R. 4620) […]

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    December 19, 2017 | Filed under: All, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Innovative Community Health Worker Strategies: Medicaid Payment Models for Community Health Worker Home Visits
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  • Searching for New Insurance Options, States Consider Medicaid Buy-In and Other Strategies
    State Health Policy Blog

    Uncertainty about the future of health insurance options and concern about the ability of Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces to offer adequate competition and choice have spurred states to look for new coverage approaches. Among the innovative strategies states are proposing are allowing consumers to buy into state Medicaid programs and developing state-specific coverage options […]

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    December 12, 2017 | Filed under: All, Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Lessons from Rhode Island: How to Effectively Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Improve Public Health
    State Health Policy Blog

    When Rhode Island health policymakers read the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy People 2010 report, they realized their children’s generation could face a shorter life expectancy than their own unless they changed their approach to public health. In response, Department of Health officials doubled down on their commitment to address health disparities […]

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  • States Drive Innovations in Quality Measurement and Improvement for Children with Special Health Care Needs
    State Health Policy Blog

    Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are a diverse population whose health care needs and costs often exceed those of most children. Improving care for this population is critical, yet challenging, due to the complexity of conditions of some children, and the multitude of systems (e.g., health, education, social services) and supports […]

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  • December Is the Most Critical Month Yet for States’ CHIP Funding
    State Health Policy Blog

    Congressional inaction in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has put states – and the children and families CHIP covers– in a cliffhanger scenario. While there have been encouraging legislative steps taken to extend the program, the bill currently appears to be stalled. With the help of temporary, reallocated CHIP funding, states are continuing […]

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  • Lessons from Project LAUNCH: Promoting Healthy Child Development through Behavioral Health Integration and Mental Health Consultation Where Children Live, Learn, and Grow
    State Health Policy Blog

    The first few years of life are critical to a child’s development, setting the foundation for success in school and overall health and well-being later in life. Recent research proves that providing early, skilled behavioral and mental health interventions in venues where young children and their families live and play is highly effective at improving […]

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