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Learn the Latest about State Efforts to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements

More than 30 states have proposed or are in the process of implementing Medicaid work requirements, in some cases to enable Medicaid expansion. Read what individual states are doing and what’s behind their efforts. Since January, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow states to require certain enrollees to participate in […]

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    Nevada’s Insurance Exchange Director Talks about Transitioning to a State-Based Marketplace and Saving Millions

    Nevada’s Insurance Exchange Director Talks about Transitioning to a State-Based Marketplace and Saving Millions

    Nevada’s marketplace is poised to become the first to transition from the federal platform to an entirely state-run exchange. Its director explains how the move will save millions and improve residents’ health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, states can either administer their own health insurance marketplaces as state-based marketplaces (SBMs), or default to the federally-run marketplace. Nevada is one of […]

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    April 24, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    While the Administration Mulls How to Curb Prescription Costs, State Legislatures Take the Lead

    While the Administration Mulls How to Curb Prescription Costs, State Legislatures Take the Lead

    As the country awaits the Administration’s plan to curb Rx drug costs, states take the lead, proposing and passing legislation to lower costs, despite industry opposition. As we await the details of President Trump’s proposals to curb escalating drug prices, states are continuing to push legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, despite the strong […]

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    Policymakers Weigh Patient-Centered Research on Care Models for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

    More than 10 million adults in the United States have serious mental illness (SMI) and 26 percent are covered by Medicaid. Today, states are investing in and creating new care delivery models to support these individuals, including behavioral health homes, and are employing a new health care workforce – peer navigators – to support these […]

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    April 24, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    New Insurance Rules Allow States to Revise Marketplace Coverage as Rate-Filing Deadlines Near

    Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released rules governing Affordable Care Act health plans in 2019 that give states the flexibility to revise what insurance plans are sold through their individual and small group marketplaces, and give consumers the option to buy “thinner” plans at lower prices. The long-awaited final […]

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    Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative

    Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative

    Morrison County’s Accountable Community for Health Accomplishments: Tapered 453 patients off narcotic, stimulants, and benzodiazepine prescriptions, which resulted in 540,000 fewer doses; Saved Medicaid $3.8 million by reducing these drug prescriptions; and Reduced jail time from an average 17 days to less than one in 36 surveyed patients who received medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone). *CHI St. […]

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    States’ Prescription Drug Transparency Laws Open the Black Box of Drug Pricing

    States’ Prescription Drug Transparency Laws Open the Black Box of Drug Pricing

    Several states have passed drug price transparency laws that require drug makers to report the reasons behind dramatic price increases. These laws are an important first step to shine a light on why drug prices are rapidly climbing. To address a problem, state health policymakers need to understand it, but transparency laws don’t yet give […]

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    Leveraging State Purchasing Power to Stabilize the Individual Insurance Market: Washington State Leads the Way

    Leveraging State Purchasing Power to Stabilize the Individual Insurance Market: Washington State Leads the Way

    Washington state has enacted a groundbreaking law to help stabilize its individual insurance market and prevent “bare counties,” areas of the state without an insurance option on its exchange. Sponsored by longtime National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) member, state Rep. Eileen Cody, HB 2408 requires insurance plans covering state or school employees to offer at least […]

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    The Evolving Promise of Delivery System Reform Incentive Programs

    The Evolving Promise of Delivery System Reform Incentive Programs

    Among the transformation initiatives states are undertaking to revamp, strengthen, and sustain their Medicaid delivery systems are provider payment incentives designed to lower costs and improve quality of care and health outcomes. A recent National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) report on Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs and similar state incentive programs, […]

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    Mental Health and Opioid Crisis Programs Win Funding Hikes, Efforts to Stabilize Insurance Markets Fail

    Mental Health and Opioid Crisis Programs Win Funding Hikes, Efforts to Stabilize Insurance Markets Fail

    The new $1.3 trillion budget bill that finances the federal government through September increased funding for a number of health programs that directly impact states, including rural programs to combat the opioid crisis. There were no appropriations made to stabilize Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance markets. Under the budget, the Department of Health and Human […]

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    March 27, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog