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Today, 13 state-based marketplace directors submitted a joint letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services responding to its request for comment on possible changes to state insurance rules that could eliminate automatic re-enrollment and change cost-sharing reduction policies by 2021. The directors expressed concern that potential changes curtailing those policies would, “create […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    State Laws Help Spur Congressional Action on Drug Prices

    Unrelenting and unpredictable increases in prescription drug prices have spurred states to try to unlock the black box of manufacturer pricing strategies by requiring disclosure of how prices are set and how rebates are handled throughout the supply chain. Six states already have transparency laws on their books and almost two dozen more have introduced […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The State of States’ Health Policies: What Governors Highlighted in their 2019 Addresses

    State of the state and inaugural speeches give governors the opportunity to highlight their recent policy successes and outline key plans and priorities for the coming year.  These speeches are strong indicators of governors’ policy goals and often include proposals and funding recommendations for their legislatures. As a result of 2018 gubernatorial races in 36 […]

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    February 18, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    Q&A: How Connecticut Matched Its Medicaid and Homelessness Data to Improve Health through Housing

    States working to improve the health of people experiencing homelessness can match their Medicaid data with Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data to track which populations are using housing services and which have the greatest unmet need. HMIS are databases that housing service providers and Continua of Care (CoCs) community and state agencies use to […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Annual Federal Insurance Rule Includes Proposals to Address Prescription Drug Cost

    The Trump Administration’s effort to address drug prices surfaced unexpectedly in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s recently issued proposed annual rule that regulates state health insurance markets, including coverage sold through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. The proposal encourages the use of generic drugs over brand-name drugs by both health plans and enrollees […]

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  • Publications

    States Use Policy Levers and Emerging Research to Address Antipsychotic Use in Children in Foster Care

    State policymakers must often take action during an emerging crisis even when evidence identifying the best policy approach is not be available. This report, Evidence-Based Policymaking Is an Iterative Process: A Case Study of Antipsychotic Use among Children in the Foster Care System, explores successful state responses to dramatic increases in antipsychotic prescription rates in Medicaid-enrolled children […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    CMS Releases State Funding to Improve Integrated Care for Children and Pregnant and Postpartum Women Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP

    Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two highly anticipated initiatives — the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model and the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model — which will provide multi-year funding to states to improve integrated care for maternal and child health populations enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health […]

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  • The Case for State Action on Health Prices in 12 Slides

    In the last few months, NASHP has convened state leaders in two summits that addressed rising health care costs. With assistance from Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation and Erin Fuse Brown of Georgia State University College of Law, NASHP compiled a slide presentation documenting the factors behind the health care cost trajectory to […]

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    February 5, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Presentations and Announcements, Presenter

  • State Health Policy Blog

    How Hawaii Fights the Flu: Pop-up Vaccination Clinics and State Agency Collaboration

    States are using creative and collaborative methods to increase flu immunization rates after 185 children died from influenza during the 2017-2018 season — the highest toll reported since the 2009 flu pandemic. The health and economic toll of last season’s flu outbreak in children nationwide included more than 48,000 hospitalizations and 6.5 million medical visits. […]

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    Guest Blog: Massachusetts Report Recommends More Health Care Price Transparency and Simpler Payment Methods

    Guest Blog: Massachusetts Report Recommends More Health Care Price Transparency and Simpler Payment Methods

    Amara Azubuike and Sandra Wolitzky are assistant attorneys general in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. A new report released in October 2018 by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey finds that complicated and varied methods used to determine health care payment rates contribute to administrative cost increases and make it difficult for market participants […]

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