Conference

Thursday, August 22, 1:30 pm – 3 pm Half of US hospitals operate in rural communities, providing access to health care services for often-underserved communities across the country. Challenges, such as higher-than-average costs, workforce shortages, and reduced patient volumes threaten sustained operation of these essential access points to care. In this session, state officials share […]

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  • The Whole World Is Still Watching: Affordability, Public Options, Reference Pricing, etc.

    Thursday, August 22, 1:30 pm – 3 pm As out-of-pocket health insurance costs continue to rise, states are taking innovative approaches designed to increase coverage affordability. Some efforts, like Montana’s Medicare reference-based pricing for state employee plans, aim to address the underlying issue of health care costs. While other initiatives, including Colorado’s reinsurance proposal or […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference

  • New Recipes to Control Rx Pricing

    Thursday, August 22, 10 am – 11:30 am This session offers new policy ideas for controlling drug prices. The proposals will be based on deliberations by NASHP’s Pharmacy Cost Work Group, the group who developed the “Call to Action” on drug prices in 2016. Since then, other policies have emerged, including new strategies for regulating […]

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  • Successful Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health

    Thursday, August 22, 10 am – 11:30 am State health policymakers are collaborating across agencies and at the local level with providers, health plans, and community-based organizations to address the social determinants of health and meet health-related social needs. This session highlights how states can support productive partnerships through health system transformation, managed care contract […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference, Medicaid, Population Health

  • Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Diverse Populations

    Thursday, August 22, 10 am – 11:30 am This session explores and showcases innovative state workforce approaches to meeting the needs and understanding the lived experiences of individuals with behavioral health needs, particularly racial and ethnic minority populations. In addition to sharing the latest research on racial and ethnic disparities in mental health conditions  and […]

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  • An Offer You Can’t Refuse…or Can You? Hospital Consolidation

    Thursday, August 22, 10 am – 11:30 am The market for health services continues its relentless march toward an integrated, consolidated provider and insurer landscape. These shifts fundamentally alter market dynamics and have potentially harmful impact on cost, quality and access to care. So what are states doing to address this? This session explores the […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference

  • Some Like It Hot: Climate Change and Health

    Thursday, August 22, 10 am – 11:30 am Climate change is a growing threat to the health of all Americans, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable populations. States are increasingly facing new public health challenges due to environmental changes that directly affect air and water quality and intensify the effects of natural disasters. This session highlights […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference, Population Health

  • State-Only Preconference: From Plain to Supreme, a Children’s Coverage Menu

    States have made significant strides over the years in providing coverage and high-quality care for children through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). However, recent declines in child enrollment in these programs raise questions about the potential underlying causes of these coverage changes. This preconference will explore this topic and others such as […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference, Medicaid

  • The Latest State Actions to Tackle Rx Prices, and What’s Next?

    Wednesday, August 21, 8 am – 4 pm This preconference provides a unique opportunity to examine what states can do to lower drug prices, the challenges they face, and strategies to overcome them. Topics include pharmacy benefit managers, drug importation from Canada, affordability review boards, Medicaid models, and more. Participants include legislators, governors’ staff, state […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference

  • Environmental Health Pioneer Gary Cohen to Open #NASHPCONF19: Climate Change as an Opportunity for State Health Policy Innovation

    The National Academy for State Health Policy’s 32nd annual conference kicks off with an important talk — Addressing the Climate Crisis: An Opportunity for State Health Policy Innovation — by Gary Cohen, founder and president of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. #NASHPCONF19 will be held Aug. 21-23, 2019 in Chicago. Gary Cohen will […]

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    June 3, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference