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Toolkit: Upstream Health Priorities for New Governors

Governors can control costs, advance their priorities, and enhance lives by improving the social and economic conditions that make up 80 percent of the factors affecting their residents’ health. Governors are uniquely positioned to maximize state resources to address the conditions affecting health by leading cross-agency and public-private collaborations, leveraging siloed state resources, and advancing evidence-based health […]

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  • For New Governors: Snapshot of Major Federal Opioid Funding by State

    For New Governors: Snapshot of Major Federal Opioid Funding by State

    There has been significant federal investment made in recent years to address the opioid crisis in every state. This chart summarizes the key federal funding that has flowed to each state’s government agencies and other stakeholders to address the opioid crisis. Data featured in these charts represent grants from multiple federal agencies provided through specific […]

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    December 18, 2018 | Filed under: Charts, Front Page

  • Publications,Toolkits
    NASHP Resource Hub: State Strategies to Address Palliative Care

    NASHP Resource Hub: State Strategies to Address Palliative Care

    Palliative care helps individuals with serious illness better manage the symptoms and stressors of disease. These services are interdisciplinary, person- and family-centered, and can help people at any stage of a serious illness. States are uniquely positioned to influence how Americans think about access, and experience palliative care. States pay for and provide health care […]

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    December 17, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Publications, Toolkits

  • State Health Policy Blog
    As Drug Prices Rise, Oklahoma’s Medicaid Agency Advances Alternative Payment Models

    As Drug Prices Rise, Oklahoma’s Medicaid Agency Advances Alternative Payment Models

    Escalating drug prices are forcing state Medicaid agencies to explore new payment models. According to Burl Beasley, director of Pharmacy Services for Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, older Medicaid payment strategies, such as negotiating enhanced rebates and multi-state purchase agreements, are not keeping pace with rising drug expenditures. Beasley cited the strain prescription drug costs were putting […]

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    December 17, 2018 | Filed under: Drug Pricing, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

  • Toolkits
    Resources for States to Address Health Equity and Disparities

    Resources for States to Address Health Equity and Disparities

    Many states are transforming their health care delivery systems to improve health and control costs. Reducing health disparities — and addressing their social and economic causes — is at the heart of many of these efforts. Health equity means everyone has an equal opportunity to live a long and healthy life regardless of race, ethnicity, […]

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    December 10, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Population & Public Health, Toolkits

  • State Health Policy Blog
    Why Is Affordable Care Act Marketplace Enrollment Declining?

    Why Is Affordable Care Act Marketplace Enrollment Declining?

    Early reports from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services indicate 2019 enrollment in the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) could be lower than 2018, which would continue a declining enrollment trend first seen in 2017, which prompts the question – why? As this chart shows, policies and investment in outreach and application assistance for consumers […]

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    December 10, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

  • Publications
    How Supported Employment Can Address Mental Health Inequities in Minority Populations: Five States’ Experiences

    How Supported Employment Can Address Mental Health Inequities in Minority Populations: Five States’ Experiences

    Supported employment is used to help people with severe mental illness and other disabilities obtain and retain jobs. As states increasingly promote employment among public assistance recipients, could this model be expanded to new populations, including those with more common mental disorders or racial or ethnic groups who face health disparities? In this report, NASHP […]

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    December 10, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Population & Public Health, Publications

  • State Health Policy Blog
    New Federal Initiatives Help States Expand Support for Children and Families Affected by Substance Use

    New Federal Initiatives Help States Expand Support for Children and Families Affected by Substance Use

    In the recent election, Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates offered strategies to address the opioid epidemic and meet the needs of children and families affected by substance use disorder (SUD). Incoming and incumbent executives will have new federal resources – including the new Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) and Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) models and […]

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    December 4, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

  • Publications
    State Immunization Services and Policies Resource Page

    State Immunization Services and Policies Resource Page

    Despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines through Medicaid and the Vaccines for Children program, immunization rates among children enrolled in Medicaid remain lower than for privately-insured children. Disparities in vaccination rates also persist for African-American children and those living in poverty. Nearly half of US pregnant women are covered by Medicaid, but data […]

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    December 3, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Population & Public Health, Publications

  • Publications
    Virginia’s BabyCare Program: Working to Improve Birth Outcomes through Medicaid

    Virginia’s BabyCare Program: Working to Improve Birth Outcomes through Medicaid

    Nationally, Medicaid finances 45 percent of births and is a critical resource to improve maternal health and birth outcomes and lower avoidable costs. With an increasing number of initiatives focusing on pregnant and postpartum women, such as the federal Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model, states can learn from innovative programs, including Virginia’s BabyCare initiative. This […]

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    December 3, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Population & Public Health, Publications, Virginia