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Webinar: State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Children and Families Affected by Opioids

In partnership with the Alliance for Early Success, NASHP is hosting a webinar, State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis, from 2 to 3 p.m. (EST), Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, to highlight New Hampshire’s coordinated approach to meet the needs of young children affected by opioid […]

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    As States Brace for ACA Lawsuit, Senate Considers Protections for Pre-existing Conditions

    As States Brace for ACA Lawsuit, Senate Considers Protections for Pre-existing Conditions

    Ten Republican Senators recently introduced legislation to protect patients with pre-existing conditions. While these protections are already included in federal law though the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the proposed bill would preserve some of those protections in the event the ACA is overturned as a result of ongoing litigation. Specifically, the Senate bill proposes to: […]

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    #NASHPCONF18: Policymakers Share Their Approaches to Stabilize State Individual Insurance Markets

    #NASHPCONF18: Policymakers Share Their Approaches to Stabilize State Individual Insurance Markets

    During NASHP’s recent state health policy conference, state insurance experts explored the dramatic changes that recent federal action has foisted on their individual health insurance markets. In a second report from this conference session, they highlight strategies they’ve used to stabilize markets and identify lingering challenges to insurance markets’ affordability and choice. While many state […]

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    New NASHP Model Legislation Helps States Bring Transparency to Pharmacy Benefit Managers

    New NASHP Model Legislation Helps States Bring Transparency to Pharmacy Benefit Managers

    The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has released model legislation to help states shed light on the opaque business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). States can use the model bill to require the licensing of PBMs, ban gag clauses that prevent pharmacists from sharing lower-price drug options with consumers, and require more […]

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    #NASHPCONF18: State Policymakers Share Views on the Evolving Individual Insurance Markets

    #NASHPCONF18: State Policymakers Share Views on the Evolving Individual Insurance Markets

    During NASHP’s 31st Annual State Health Policy Conference last week, experts and state officials assessed the dramatic sea changes that recent federal action has imposed on their individual health insurance markets, what they are doing to stabilize them, and what the future holds. Below, NASHP summarizes what panelists said about the current state of their […]

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    State Lawmaker Will Guzzardi Plots His Next Move to Curb Generic Drug Price Gouging in Illinois

    State Lawmaker Will Guzzardi Plots His Next Move to Curb Generic Drug Price Gouging in Illinois

    Earlier this year, Illinois state Rep. Will Guzzardi proposed an aggressive, anti-price-gouging bill that banned manufacturers from excessively hiking the costs of generic drugs sold to Illinois residents for his first foray into prescription cost control legislation. Guzzardi’s bill was one of a dozen anti-price gouging measures introduced in state legislature this year. The bill […]

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    Lower-Cost, Short-Term Insurance Plan Approved, But at What Cost to State Markets and Consumers?

    Lower-Cost, Short-Term Insurance Plan Approved, But at What Cost to State Markets and Consumers?

    Last week, the federal government released its final rule expanding the availability of short-term health insurance plans, which are usually less costly and do not have to cover pre-existing conditions or certain health care services. Increased enrollment in short-term plans is expected to upend states’ individual insurance markets unless states take steps to offset their […]

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    Overcoming Payment Challenges to Realize the Promise of Telehealth

    Overcoming Payment Challenges to Realize the Promise of Telehealth

    Telehealth– using telecommunications to improve patient care – has the potential to improve health care access and quality, especially in rural and medically-underserved areas. But inconsistent public and private insurance coverage and other challenges have hindered implementation of this promising health care tool. The National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Workgroup […]

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    July 31, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    Twenty-Eight States Passed 45 Bills to Curb Rising Rx Drug Costs in the Short 2018 Legislative Session

    Twenty-Eight States Passed 45 Bills to Curb Rising Rx Drug Costs in the Short 2018 Legislative Session

    *Updated Oct. 15, 2018 Despite a short legislative season, state lawmakers across the country introduced an unprecedented 174 bills to stem the rising cost of prescription drugs and have enacted 45 into law — with seven state legislatures still in session. Last year, state legislatures introduced 100 Rx cost control bills and passed 27. Register […]

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    State Officials Work to Harness Medicaid as a Change Agent to Increase Immunization Rates

    State Officials Work to Harness Medicaid as a Change Agent to Increase Immunization Rates

    Despite vaccines’ effectiveness in preventing infectious diseases and strong public funding for childhood immunizations, vaccination rates among children living in poverty remain stubbornly lower than for children living above poverty and who are privately insured. Recently, officials from several organizations, including the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), AcademyHealth, and the Colorado Children’s Immunization […]

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