State Health Policy Blog

Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1839), which contains funding mechanisms and reforms that allow states to improve care coordination for children enrolled in Medicaid. As of early this week, the bill was on the President’s desk awaiting his signature. This legislation significantly gives states […]

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    How States Keep Community at the Center of Hospitals’ Community Health Needs Assessments

    Tax-exempt hospitals receive billions of dollars in tax exemptions each year. In exchange, they are required to invest in the health of their communities. But to do that, hospitals must first identify the health needs of the communities they serve. States can work to make sure hospitals truly seek out and act on meaningful input […]

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    New Governors Take the Long View in Addressing Early Childhood Development

    State policymakers have historically promoted early childhood development improvements, but this year a growing number are acknowledging children’s early years as critical in determining their future health and success during adulthood. As a result, governors are promoting investments in the future health of their states by focusing resources on their youngest citizens. This investment can […]

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    State and Federal Resources to Address Surprise Medical Balance Billing

    Surprise medical balance bills – charges for unexpected, out-of-network medical care – affect thousands of consumers each year. These bills can leave consumers stuck with hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in unexpected medical expenses. States are taking the lead in cracking down on surprise balance bills, passing consumer protection laws that range from strict […]

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    April 8, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Payment Reform, State Health Policy Blog

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    State Legislatures Examine Proposals to Curb Rx Drug Costs

    Recent legislative committee hearings in Maryland, Florida, and Illinois provide a national snapshot of states’ diverse and innovative proposals to reign in drug costs. Maryland’s drug affordability review board: Earlier this month, Maryland’s House Health and Government Operations Committee and Senate Finance Committee held lengthy hearings on an innovative bill that creates a state prescription […]

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    Is New Jersey’s Conversion to a State-Based Insurance Exchange a Harbinger?

    States with state-based insurance marketplaces (SBMs) have consistently outperformed states that use the federal platform in enrollment, affordability, and increased plan offerings and competition, prompting states to consider launching their own marketplaces and Congress to propose new funding to support states that want to transition. New Jersey may become the next state to convert to an […]

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    States Guide the Governance of Accountable Health Entities to Promote Community Health and Engagement

    At least 12 states are developing accountable health models to improve health and control costs by addressing health-related community needs, such as transportation, recreation, and housing. Their goals include building healthy communities and improving health equity through cross-sector partnerships, and their organizational and governance structures are evolving to reach these goals. In these accountable health […]

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    Colorado Develops New Payment Method for Physician-Administered Drugs – with the Potential to Save Millions

    The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) provided a grant to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to develop a new payment methodology for physician-administered drugs (PADs). PADs are drugs delivered by intravenous infusion or injection in clinical settings. The category includes costly drugs, such as chemotherapy and other specialty medications. […]

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    How the President’s Proposed Budget Impacts Critical State Health Programs

    The President’s 2020 budget request proposes a 12 percent reduction in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget, compared to 2019 federal fiscal year (FFY) funding levels. The following highlights some of the key components of the President’s proposed $87.1 billion HHS budget proposal that could impact state health programs. Affordable Care […]

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    Highlights of States’ ‘Surprise’ Medical Balance Billing Laws

    Surprise balance bills occur when patients receive unanticipated charges for health care services because they were unaware that care was delivered by an out-of-network provider or facility. In some cases, surprise balance bills can amount to hundreds if not thousands of dollars in medical expenses. A growing number of states have passed or are proposing […]

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