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Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance outlining a new policy that allows states to implement work and community engagement requirements for certain Medicaid enrollees. States would be permitted to seek federal approval to require non-elderly, non-pregnant adults who are not eligible for Medicaid due to a disability to participate […]

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    States Develop New Approaches to Improve Population Health Through Accountable Health Models

    In this time of changing federal health priorities, state health policymakers play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of poverty and inequity so everyone can live healthy, prosperous lives. Many state leaders, with federal support, are implementing community-wide prevention initiatives that acknowledge that health is affected by factors that extend beyond clinical care. Policymakers […]

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    Where Are We with CHIP Now?

    Congress’ short-term patch for the currently unfunded Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program may not be enough to avoid disenrolling families as some state officials predict they will exhaust these funds as soon as January and February. Uncertainty about the program’s future persists as states work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to […]

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    State Health Watch – What’s Ahead in 2018?

    State Health Watch – What’s Ahead in 2018?

    State health policymakers enter 2018 buffeted by unsettled insurance markets, reductions in public health and prevention revenue, and uncertain funding for Medicaid and health care delivery reforms. Will state innovation and more flexibility to restructure insurance and payment and delivery systems be enough to reduce medical costs and safeguard access to health care? Will new […]

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    January 9, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    Reining in Rx Drug Costs: What States Achieved in 2017 and Where They’re Heading in 2018

    Reining in Rx Drug Costs: What States Achieved in 2017 and Where They’re Heading in 2018

    In a year of tense partisan debate over the future of health care, one issue has achieved rare bipartisan agreement — the need to curb rising prescription drug costs. Polls show again and again that Americans, regardless of political affiliation, view the high costs of drugs as one of their chief health care concerns. Reviews […]

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    States Drive Innovations in Quality Measurement and Improvement for Children with Special Health Care Needs

    States Drive Innovations in Quality Measurement and Improvement for Children with Special Health Care Needs

    Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are a diverse population whose health care needs and costs often exceed those of most children. Improving care for this population is critical, yet challenging, due to the complexity of conditions of some children, and the multitude of systems (e.g., health, education, social services) and supports […]

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    December Is the Most Critical Month Yet for States’ CHIP Funding

    December Is the Most Critical Month Yet for States’ CHIP Funding

    Congressional inaction in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has put states – and the children and families CHIP covers– in a cliffhanger scenario. While there have been encouraging legislative steps taken to extend the program, the bill currently appears to be stalled. With the help of temporary, reallocated CHIP funding, states are continuing […]

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    Lessons from Project LAUNCH: Promoting Healthy Child Development through Behavioral Health Integration and Mental Health Consultation Where Children Live, Learn, and Grow

    Lessons from Project LAUNCH: Promoting Healthy Child Development through Behavioral Health Integration and Mental Health Consultation Where Children Live, Learn, and Grow

    The first few years of life are critical to a child’s development, setting the foundation for success in school and overall health and well-being later in life. Recent research proves that providing early, skilled behavioral and mental health interventions in venues where young children and their families live and play is highly effective at improving […]

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    What’s a State to Do? A New Series Helps States Navigate a Rapidly-Changing Federal Landscape

    Introduction by NASHP Executive Director Trish Riley In a period of change and uncertainty at the federal level, states are on the front line, searching for firm footing and clear direction as they responsibly steward their public programs, protect their consumers, and balance state budgets. When the federal government stopped funding cost sharing reductions (CSR) […]

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    December 5, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    States Share Data to Improve the Health of People Living with HIV

    Virologic Suppression occurs when the amount of HIV in the blood is lowered to below 200 copies per milliliter or undetectable levels.PLWH are more likely to achieve and maintain virologic suppression when they have access to high-quality, coordinated and comprehensive care, antiretroviral therapy, and support services. A substantial body of research shows that virally-suppressed people […]

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