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State leaders know that low-income and vulnerable populations often need services and supports outside the scope of a single state agency—or a single funding stream—to live healthy lives. In some states, braiding or blending funding streams lends programs a measure of flexibility, efficiency, and resiliency that a single source of funding might not. In the […]

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    How States Could Lower Costs for Brand Name Drugs

    States are searching for new and innovative approaches to handle the rising cost of prescription medicines – both the sudden spike in spending that comes with a new high-cost treatment and the ongoing challenges of regular, inexplicable, price hikes for all covered drugs. The United States has the highest prescription drug prices in the world. […]

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    State Budgets Under Pressure: Is this the New Normal?

    As Congress debates the future of the ACA and Medicaid funding, one question looms large: What will proposed changes mean to state budgets that are already under significant pressure? On July 6th, after protracted wrangling, Illinois enacted its first budget in two years. Maine and New Jersey experienced brief shut downs and Washington narrowly avoided […]

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    State Health and Housing Programs in the Proposed FY 2018 Federal Budget: Six Housing Programs to Watch

    State health policymakers are increasingly acknowledging housing as a key component of health, and are weaving housing strategies into their broader health system transformations. States have powerful levers at their disposal and a range of funding streams that they can bring to bear to support integrated health and housing, while local public housing authorities also […]

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    Highlighting State Medicaid Performance Measures, Improvement Projects, & Incentives To Promote Improvement in Women’s Health Services and Perinatal Outcomes

    Poor birth outcomes, such as pre-term birth, carry substantial human and financial costs and are generally influenced by women’s health and socioeconomic factors such as race, ethnicity, income, health care access, and education. According to the Institute of Medicine, the cost associated with pre-term birth in the U.S. is $26.2 billion each year, with Medicaid […]

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    Three Ways the Proposed White House Budget Could Affect Public Health in States

    Budgets are important windows into the priorities of an administration. While the White House budget for FY 2018 proposes some targeted infrastructure investments,[i] it also proposes to reduce funding for public health infrastructure and services. The budget proposed by the White House is expected to change in Congress; however, it is important for states to […]

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    Emerging Themes in Proposed State Medicaid Waivers

    Under the current administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has signaled a willingness to evaluate new types of Medicaid proposals from states. Specifically, in March of this year CMS indicated that the agency would consider Medicaid waiver applications that include programs to connect individuals to employment or incorporate features of private market […]

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    Supreme Court Decision Removes Barrier to Importing US Patented Drug Products at Lower Cost

    In its May 30, 2017 decision Impression Products, Inc. v Lexmark International Inc., the Supreme Court ruled that patent law cannot be used to prevent the resale of products back into the United States. The Court case specifically concerned printer toner cartridges, but it is an important ruling in the context of the domestic policy […]

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    CHIP and Medicaid are Essential Partners for Cross Agency Collaboration to Better Serve Children

    Increasingly states are focused on the critical role social determinants play in health, and public coverage programs play a key role in this focus. For more than 20 years, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has worked in coordination with state Medicaid programs to serve the health needs of low-income children. States are leveraging Medicaid […]

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    Update: What’s New in State Drug Pricing Legislation?

    With 80 bills introduced in 2017, there is a high level of interest in pharmaceutical pricing among state legislators. However, despite legislative sessions wrapping up, very few laws have been enacted. To date, bills have passed in Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, New York, and Utah. In 2016, Vermont led the way with a price transparency […]

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