State Health Policy Blog

State of the state and inaugural speeches give governors the opportunity to highlight their recent policy successes and outline key plans and priorities for the coming year.  These speeches are strong indicators of governors’ policy goals and often include proposals and funding recommendations for their legislatures. As a result of 2018 gubernatorial races in 36 […]

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    Q&A: How Connecticut Matched Its Medicaid and Homelessness Data to Improve Health through Housing

    States working to improve the health of people experiencing homelessness can match their Medicaid data with Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data to track which populations are using housing services and which have the greatest unmet need. HMIS are databases that housing service providers and Continua of Care (CoCs) community and state agencies use to […]

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    Annual Federal Insurance Rule Includes Proposals to Address Prescription Drug Cost

    The Trump Administration’s effort to address drug prices surfaced unexpectedly in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s recently issued proposed annual rule that regulates state health insurance markets, including coverage sold through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. The proposal encourages the use of generic drugs over brand-name drugs by both health plans and enrollees […]

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    CMS Releases State Funding to Improve Integrated Care for Children and Pregnant and Postpartum Women Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP

    Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two highly anticipated initiatives — the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model and the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model — which will provide multi-year funding to states to improve integrated care for maternal and child health populations enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health […]

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    How Hawaii Fights the Flu: Pop-up Vaccination Clinics and State Agency Collaboration

    States are using creative and collaborative methods to increase flu immunization rates after 185 children died from influenza during the 2017-2018 season — the highest toll reported since the 2009 flu pandemic. The health and economic toll of last season’s flu outbreak in children nationwide included more than 48,000 hospitalizations and 6.5 million medical visits. […]

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    Guest Blog: Massachusetts Report Recommends More Health Care Price Transparency and Simpler Payment Methods

    Guest Blog: Massachusetts Report Recommends More Health Care Price Transparency and Simpler Payment Methods

    Amara Azubuike and Sandra Wolitzky are assistant attorneys general in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. A new report released in October 2018 by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey finds that complicated and varied methods used to determine health care payment rates contribute to administrative cost increases and make it difficult for market participants […]

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    Tackling the Opioid Crisis: What State Strategies Are Working?

    Tackling the Opioid Crisis: What State Strategies Are Working?

    Among the many issues  confronting new state governors and their administrations, the opioid crisis may be one of the most urgent and complex, and may leave the most devastating legacy. Opioids kill 130 Americans every day. For state policy makers, the ripple effect of the crisis reaches beyond health care systems to impact public safety […]

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    Deadline Looms for State Comments on Fed’s Latest Insurance Rules

    Deadline Looms for State Comments on Fed’s Latest Insurance Rules

    After a delay, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued its proposed annual rule regulating state health insurance markets, including coverage sold through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. View NASHP’s chart highlighting the rule’s provisions that impact states here. The deadline to submit comments on the rule is Feb. 19, 2019. […]

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    New Tools Help States Document Rx Costs and Identify Potential Savings

    New Tools Help States Document Rx Costs and Identify Potential Savings

    Just how much are states spending on prescription drugs? And, which drugs account for their greatest expense? As state policymakers grapple with solutions to the problem of rising drug costs, officials are performing research to  provide critical evidence and tools needed to inform policy. Two recent state efforts to document their prescription drug costs may […]

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    As State Legislatures Convene, Lawmakers Quickly Submit Bills to Curb Prescription Prices

    As State Legislatures Convene, Lawmakers Quickly Submit Bills to Curb Prescription Prices

    One week into the 2019 legislative season, lawmakers from 11 states have already submitted 30 bills to address the rising cost of prescription drugs. The bills submitted to date seek to implement wholesale drug importation programs, increase pharmaceutical pricing transparency, and regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), along with other drug cost containment initiatives. Last year, […]

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