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NASHP State Leaders Meet to Reflect and Plan in a Changing Health Care Environment

Last week, 24 National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) leaders, including state lawmakers and representatives from governors’, budget, and insurance offices, Medicaid and public health agencies, and insurance exchanges, CHIP and health policy commissions met in Washington, DC, to assess the issues and opportunities confronting state health policymakers. The robust discussion helps NASHP set […]

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    Congressional Leaders Propose ACA Insurance Stabilization Measures in Omnibus Budget Bill

    On Friday, March 23, 2018, Congress faces an important deadline to pass an omnibus budget bill to avert a government shutdown. Measures to bolster states’ Affordable Care Act (ACA) markets are currently not in the bill, but a group of lawmakers have proposed an amendment that could strengthen and stabilize insurance markets. Sens. Lamar Alexander […]

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    How Elimination of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Changed Consumer Enrollment in State-Based Marketplaces

    How Elimination of Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Changed Consumer Enrollment in State-Based Marketplaces

    State health policymakers are eagerly waiting to see if Congress’ omnibus budget bill released this week will attempt to stabilize Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance markets by reinstating ACA’s cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments. An early proposal by US Sen. Lamar Alexander would fund the cost-sharing subsidies, which reduce a family’s out-of-pocket health care costs, retroactively […]

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    March 20, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    Can States Regulate Drug Costs without Violating Patent Law? Yes, Here’s Why

    Can States Regulate Drug Costs without Violating Patent Law? Yes, Here’s Why

    When states pass laws that enable them to regulate prescription drug costs or mandate drug pricing transparency, the pharmaceutical industry always fires back with lawsuits claiming the states are violating federal law. In 2017, the industry sued every state that enacted drug cost containment legislation claiming they had violated myriad federal laws, including the Patent […]

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    Federal Promotion of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans: How Will These Plans Impact State Insurance Markets?

    Federal Promotion of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans: How Will These Plans Impact State Insurance Markets?

    Last month, the departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services released a proposed rule that changes the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans to make it easier to sell the plans, which do not have to adhere to Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, such as covering people with pre-existing conditions. This […]

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    March 6, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    When It Comes to Selling Health Insurance, State Control Matters

    When It Comes to Selling Health Insurance, State Control Matters

    According to data released by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), states that closely manage their Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace operations and outreach led the nation in enrolling consumers. State-based marketplaces (SBMs) that used carefully-crafted marketing campaigns achieved stability and increased enrollment by 0.2 percent, while states with federally-managed marketplaces saw enrollment […]

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    March 6, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    New Program Helps State Medicaid Programs Close an Immunization Disparity Gap

    New Program Helps State Medicaid Programs Close an Immunization Disparity Gap

    State Medicaid programs play a vital role in protecting public health by ensuring that children receive all of their recommended immunizations. If all children born in 2009 were fully immunized, for example, it would prevent 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease, while saving the country more than $13.5 billion in direct health […]

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

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    WV Medicaid Covers an Innovative and Less Costly Treatment Model for Opioid-Affected Infants

    WV Medicaid Covers an Innovative and Less Costly Treatment Model for Opioid-Affected Infants

    Each year, state Medicaid programs cover more than $1 billion to care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – a condition caused by opioid use during pregnancy. NAS often results in expensive hospital stays in order to treat the infant’s withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, poor feeding, seizures, and respiratory distress. Earlier this month, […]

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    Considering a State Individual Mandate? What Policymakers Can Learn from Massachusetts’ Experience and Maryland’s Proposal

    Considering a State Individual Mandate? What Policymakers Can Learn from Massachusetts’ Experience and Maryland’s Proposal

    As states reach the midway point of their 2018 legislative sessions, many are looking for ways to stabilize their insurance marketplaces now that Congress has effectively eliminated the individual mandate that required all residents to be insured or pay a penalty. Without guaranteed participation by healthier consumers, marketplaces risk having more high-cost consumers in their […]

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    February 20, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    Overview: How the President’s Proposed FFY 2019 Budget Impacts Critical State Health Programs

    Overview: How the President’s Proposed FFY 2019 Budget Impacts Critical State Health Programs

    On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget released the president’s FFY 2019 budget request that proposes $68.4 billion for health programs administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – which is $17.9 billion less than 2017 funding levels. The budget proposal included an addendum designed to align the proposed White […]

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    February 13, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog