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Health Coverage and Human Service Program Eligibility: Considerations for States Weighing Systems Integration

Should states integrate their health insurance and human services eligibility and enrollment systems? Some state officials are weighing this question now that their revamped, Affordable Care Act (ACA) health coverage systems have been operational for several years and most of the early, initial glitches have been repaired. However, there are multiple factors to consider, some […]

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    Federal Proposal Broadens “Public Charge” Definition for Immigrants: What Are the Implications for States?

    Federal Proposal Broadens “Public Charge” Definition for Immigrants: What Are the Implications for States?

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a proposed rule to change public charge determination policies. Currently, the immigration status of individuals can be affected and individuals can be denied lawful permanent residence if they are determined to be a “public charge” based on their enrollment in cash assistance programs, such as Temporary Assistance […]

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    September 25, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Immigrants, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog

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    How States Are Meeting the Needs of Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

    How States Are Meeting the Needs of Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic is having a devastating impact on children and families and placing a significant strain on states as they work to develop effective programs and find new funding to respond to this crisis. To address the crisis and promote healthy child development, states are implementing innovative whole-family approaches to prevention and treatment (see […]

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    Oklahoma Signs the Nation’s First State Medicaid Value-Based Contracts for Rx Drugs

    Oklahoma Signs the Nation’s First State Medicaid Value-Based Contracts for Rx Drugs

    On the heels of Oklahoma’s first-in-the-nation, value-based purchasing deal to improve adherence to an antipsychotic drug, the state’s Medicaid agency just signed its second value-based contract for a prescription drug used to treat serious bacterial skin infections. While several private insurers have initiated value-based contracting, which links payments to a drug’s effectiveness and outcome, Oklahoma […]

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    States Explore Strategies to Advance Palliative Care at #NASHPCONF18

    States Explore Strategies to Advance Palliative Care at #NASHPCONF18

    States, as regulators, payers, and innovators of health care, are uniquely positioned to improve the lives of Americans with serious illnesses by promoting access to palliative care. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is working with state leaders to expand and improve palliative care, explore how these services align with other initiatives (e.g., […]

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    September 18, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    State Legislators Take Action to Protect Consumers from Surprise Billing

    State Legislators Take Action to Protect Consumers from Surprise Billing

    Consumer out-of-pocket spending on health care costs, including “surprise” medical bills – often incurred for costly, out-of-network care — is on the rise and state lawmakers are responding with legislation to protect consumers. Surprise bills happen when consumers receive unexpected charges for medical care that they assumed would be comprehensively covered by their insurance plans. […]

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    September 18, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Insurance Legislation, State Health Policy Blog

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    How State Policymakers Spent Their Summer: Stabilizing Their Insurance Markets

    How State Policymakers Spent Their Summer: Stabilizing Their Insurance Markets

    State policymakers spent their summer crafting policies to educate and protect consumers in response to federal actions that threaten to alter state individual insurance markets. In recent months, the federal government issued new rules expanding the availability and sale of association health plans and short-term, limited duration plans and passed legislation effectively eliminating the individual […]

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    As States Take the Lead to Address Drug Costs, Federal Action Follows

    As States Take the Lead to Address Drug Costs, Federal Action Follows

    *Update: On Oct. 10, 2018, President Trump signed two bills designed to increase prescription drug price transparency by prohibiting gag clauses, which prevent pharmacists from disclosing lower-cost drug options to consumers. One bill prohibits gag clauses under Medicare Part D starting in 2020 and the other affects private insurance markets and goes into effect immediately. […]

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    States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care

    States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care

    Prevention and collaboration were the key themes as state policymakers explored innovative and cost-effective strategies to integrate oral health and primary care during #NASHPCONF18’s session, Cross Currents: Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care. Speakers underscored the importance of high-quality and regular dental care in preventing major oral and physical health problems and delivering cost […]

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    States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies

    States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies

    As part of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) health and housing institute, officials from five states (IL, LA, NY, OR, and TX) met with other policymakers at #NASHPCONF18 to share how they work across agency siloes to improve health and housing for vulnerable populations, including those experiencing homelessness, struggling with behavioral health […]

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