2017 Conference

Tuesday, October 24th 10:00AM – 11:30AM Twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have  legalized medical marijuana, with considerable variation in the policies and programs that govern production, distribution, consumption, and use. This session brings together leading states and national experts who are currently tackling emerging policy issues and showcase diverse approaches to […]

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  • Chipping Away at Children’s Coverage?

    Tuesday, October 24th 1:30PM-3:00PM The Children’s Health Insurance program (CHIP), funded by a federal block grant, requires Congress to periodically authorize funding so states can continue to offer these programs. While states celebrate the lowest uninsured rate for children in years, they face uncertainty about CHIP’s future as they wait for Congress to renew funding. […]

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    June 6, 2017 | Filed under: 2017 Conference, Children's Health, Medicaid

  • Trail Blazers: States Operationalizing Federal Coverage Changes – Coverage Track

    Wednesday, October 25th 9:15AM-10:45AM Federal health policy changes are expected and states need to be ready to respond and implement new program developments quickly.This session examines the nuts and bolts of the legislative, regulatory, policy, stakeholder work, and system changes that may be required, plus potential implementation challenges for states. Speakers provide varying perspectives on […]

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    June 6, 2017 | Filed under: 2017 Conference, Exchange, Medicaid

  • No Phone, No Food, No Pets: Tackling Social Determinants

    Tuesday, October 24th 1:30PM-3:00PM States, health plans, and provider organizations are ratcheting up efforts to address social determinants of health to improve outcomes and lower costs. Behavioral health and long-term services and support delivery systems also address social needs, emphasizing person-centered approaches to help individuals identify goals, select services, and measure outcomes. At this panel […]

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  • Brushing Up on Innovations in State Oral Health Policy

    Wednesday, October 25th 11:00AM-12:30PM State officials increasingly acknowledge that oral health is an integral part of overall health and achieving health equity. In this session, speakers discuss oral health-related policies designed to improve population health, lower costs, and provide better care. Iowa, California, and Kentucky officials discuss innovative approaches to improve the health of children […]

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    June 6, 2017 | Filed under: 2017 Conference

  • Hi-Tech or Big-Wreck: Troubles and Opportunities on the Technology Trail

    Tuesday, October 24th 1:30PM-3:00PM Since passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, both federal and state governments have made major investments in health information technology and exchange (HIT/HIE). Nearly a decade later, state policymakers still struggle to realize the potential promised by HIT/HIE. Have these investments been […]

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    June 6, 2017 | Filed under: 2017 Conference, Health IT

  • End of the Trail, or New Path? Health Insurance in the 21st Century – Coverage Track

    Tuesday, October 24th 1:30PM-3:00PM Amid uncertainty over federal changes to the insurance markets, state leaders are pondering what the future holds for coverage and insurance markets. Can coverage reforms help curb rising cost trends? Will greater flexibility with plan designs lead to improved choice or lower costs? Will uniform plan designs help shape the quality […]

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    June 6, 2017 | Filed under: 2017 Conference, Exchange, Medicaid

  • Lunch Plenary – Reclaiming the Social Contract

    Thursday, August 16th 11:45am – 1:20pm We return to our roots with one of the nation’s most distinguished health policy thinkers, Sara Rosenbaum, JD, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and founding chair of the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. She reflects on […]

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    June 6, 2017 | Filed under: 2017 Conference, 2018 Conference

  • Come Together Right Now, Medicare and Medicaid

    Tuesday, October 24th 10:00AM-11:30AM In recent years, states and CMS have collaborated on more than a dozen dual-eligible demonstrations. Other states are aligning Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans with Medicaid Long-term Services and Support plans, and working to coordinate Medicare and Medicaid payment and delivery reform initiatives. In this session, a CMS official provides an […]

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  • Smart Homes, Smart Health: Technologies that Empower Independence

    Tuesday, October 24th 10:00AM-11:30AM Smart home technologies have the potential to improve community living for individuals with disabilities and older adults. At this session, officials explain how these technologies help increase independence, monitor health, lower costs, and improve health outcomes. A smart home researcher provides an overview of these resources and state officials discuss use […]

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