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New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham recently signed into law SB 131, establishing a state Interagency Pharmacy Purchasing Council to leverage public purchasing power by reviewing and coordinating cost-containment strategies through procurement of pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical benefits, and pooling of risk among state agencies. Cosponsored by state Sen. Jeff Steinborn* and Rep. Joanne Farrary, the law also […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Maryland Passes Nation’s First Prescription Drug Affordability Board Legislation

    On April 8, 2019, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation that which would create the first state Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB) to address the costs of certain high-priced drugs in Maryland. Gov. Larry Hogan has until May 31, 2019, to sign or veto the bill. If he signs the bill or does nothing, the […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    New Medicaid Funding Could Help States Better Integrate Care for Children with Medical Complexity

    Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1839), which contains funding mechanisms and reforms that allow states to improve care coordination for children enrolled in Medicaid. As of early this week, the bill was on the President’s desk awaiting his signature. This legislation significantly gives states […]

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  • Publications

    Cross-Agency Strategies to Curb Health Care Costs: Leveraging State Purchasing Power

    Rising health care costs are an intractable problem in the United States, but states, faced with balanced budget requirements and growing voter concern, aren’t waiting for a federal solution. This report explores state initiatives to curb health care costs by:  Leveraging Medicare’s well-established reimbursement rates as reference prices for state employee plans to address rising […]

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  • How 10 States Keep the ‘Community’ in Hospitals’ Community Health Needs Assessments

    Non-profit hospitals are federally required to conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) every three years and develop a plan to meet those needs in exchange for their tax exempt status. Many states have laws or guidelines that are more detailed than the federal requirements. Scroll down to see 10 states’ guidelines for involving community members […]

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    April 12, 2019 | Filed under: Charts, Front Page, Population & Public Health

  • State Health Policy Blog

    How States Keep Community at the Center of Hospitals’ Community Health Needs Assessments

    Tax-exempt hospitals receive billions of dollars in tax exemptions each year. In exchange, they are required to invest in the health of their communities. But to do that, hospitals must first identify the health needs of the communities they serve. States can work to make sure hospitals truly seek out and act on meaningful input […]

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  • NASHP Insurance Marketplace Resources

    State-based health insurance marketplaces (SBMs) have emerged as successful models in delivering health insurance to consumers. They consistently outperform other states that use the federal platform in areas of enrollment, affordability, and increased plan offerings and competition. Their flexible structure allows SBMs to focus marketing and outreach efforts and promote policies that generate more health […]

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    April 12, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page

  • State Health Policy Blog

    New Governors Take the Long View in Addressing Early Childhood Development

    State policymakers have historically promoted early childhood development improvements, but this year a growing number are acknowledging children’s early years as critical in determining their future health and success during adulthood. As a result, governors are promoting investments in the future health of their states by focusing resources on their youngest citizens. This investment can […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    State and Federal Resources to Address Surprise Medical Balance Billing

    Surprise medical balance bills – charges for unexpected, out-of-network medical care – affect thousands of consumers each year. These bills can leave consumers stuck with hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in unexpected medical expenses. States are taking the lead in cracking down on surprise balance bills, passing consumer protection laws that range from strict […]

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    April 8, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Payment Reform, State Health Policy Blog

  • State Health Policy Blog

    State Legislatures Examine Proposals to Curb Rx Drug Costs

    Recent legislative committee hearings in Maryland, Florida, and Illinois provide a national snapshot of states’ diverse and innovative proposals to reign in drug costs. Maryland’s drug affordability review board: Earlier this month, Maryland’s House Health and Government Operations Committee and Senate Finance Committee held lengthy hearings on an innovative bill that creates a state prescription […]

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