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The profound connection between the environment and human health makes headlines primarily when things go wrong: when air pollution triggers asthma attacks, water is tainted by toxins, and tick- and mosquito-borne diseases spread, propelled by a changing climate. But some state leaders see the health of the environment as a critical and continuous state policy […]

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  • Leveraging CHIP to Improve Children’s Health: An Overview of State Health Services Initiatives

    Through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), states can develop Health Services Initiatives (HSIs) to improve the health of low-income children and youth. While HSIs can serve children of all incomes, they must be designed to directly improve the health of children under age 19 who are eligible for CHIP and/or Medicaid.

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Six Slides to Help State Legislators Improve Health

    State legislators across the country have an important role to play in improving health by facilitating cross-sector collaboration in their states and aligning government policies to support health. To help with this work, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has developed six slides that state legislators can use and adapt to make the […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    “So You Want to Build a State-based Marketplace? Here’s How!” — Advice from Marketplace Leaders

    States that control their own insurance marketplaces – called state-based marketplaces (SBMs) – are leaders in providing affordability and choice, outperforming the federal marketplace on notable markers including higher enrollment, lower premium rate hikes, more participating issuers, and successfully attracting a young consumer base. These accomplishments are especially notable given recent federal policy actions that […]

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  • Publications

    Vermont Uses an Accountable Care Organization Model to Promote Developmental Screenings during Well-Child Visits

    Without early identification and treatment of development delays, children may face long-lasting and costly consequences. With more states reporting their developmental screening Child Core Set measures and new federal initiatives promoting value-based payment for children’s health, Vermont’s innovative affordable care organization’s approach can provide valuable insights. This fact sheet describes Vermont’s strategy to prioritize developmental […]

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  • Publications

    Palliative Care: A Primer for State Policymakers

    State policymakers are increasingly paying attention to palliative care programs, which offer patient-centered and cost-effective care for individuals with serious illness. Adding palliative care to treatment has been shown to improve health outcomes and quality of life, while lowering costs an average of $7,000 per patient in high-need, high-cost populations. This new National Academy for […]

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  • NASHP State Health Policy Rising Star Award

    Starting in 2015, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recognized new state health policy professionals working for state governments with our Rising Star award.  The award strives to promote the accomplishments of those working in the field with seven years experience or less who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and commitment to promoting […]

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    May 9, 2019 | Filed under: Conference, Front Page

  • State Health Policy Blog

    Delaware Takes on High Prescription Drug Costs by Leveraging Public Purchasers

    Delaware’s state Legislature has established the Interagency Pharmaceuticals Purchasing Study Group to recommend steps to leverage bulk purchasing of drugs to effectively negotiate lower prices by using interagency and multistate purchasing contracts, and other approaches. The measure easily passed the House on a voice vote and unanimously passed the Senate. The study group has an […]

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  • Palliative Care State Policymaker Summit Request for Applications

    The Palliative Care State Policymaker Summit, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Chicago, will bring together teams of state officials from up to 10 states for information sharing, discussion, and problem solving related to palliative care policies and programs. After the summit, state officials will receive ongoing support from NASHP staff and have access to a faculty of national […]

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    May 2, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Long Term and Chronic Care

  • Twelve State-based Marketplace Leaders Express Serious Concerns about Federal Health Reimbursement Arrangement Rule Changes

    In an April 29, 2019 letter to the secretaries of the departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services, 12 state-based marketplace leaders expressed serious concerns about delays in proposed federal rules that would significantly change states’ insurance markets and marketplaces in 2020. The proposed rules would impact health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) — allowing […]

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    April 29, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page