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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. Despite its high price tag, the majority of health care spending ignores critical determinants of health, including social and […]

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

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

    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, Publications
  • Resources to Help States Improve Integrated Care for Pregnant and Parenting Women
    Toolkits

    Integrated care models that support pregnant and parenting women’s physical and behavioral health and social service needs can improve outcomes for women and children and reduce health care costs. This Issue Hub provides valuable resources for states interested in using the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model and others to improve access to comprehensive and coordinated […]

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    December 4, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, Toolkits, Women's Health
  • New Federal Initiatives Help States Expand Support for Children and Families Affected by Substance Use
    State Health Policy Blog

    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
  • State Immunization Services and Policies Resource Page
    Publications

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

    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, Publications, Virginia
  • Resources to Help States Improve Integrated Care for Children
    Toolkits

    Integrating children’s care improves early identification and treatment of health issues that can improve children’s well-being and avoid costly medical, special education, foster care, and criminal justice expenses. This Issue Hub provides valuable resources for states interested in the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model and others working to implement payment, coverage, and cross-agency strategies […]

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    November 27, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Toolkits
  • Q&A: How Rhode Island Tackles Social Determinants of Health through its Accountable Entity Model
    State Health Policy Blog

    Across the country, states are launching new payment models that reward quality, promote care integration, improve access, and address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in an effort to improve population health. One of these ground-breaking initiatives is Rhode Island’s Accountable Entity (AE) Program, created to improve the health of Rhode Islanders enrolled in Medicaid […]

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    November 27, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Rhode Island, State Health Policy Blog
  • Six Slides to Help New Governors Improve Health
    State Health Policy Blog

    Governors across the country want their residents to live long, healthy, and productive lives. Residents’ life conditions — such as their neighborhoods, education, and income — make up 80 percent of the factors affecting their health, yet most health spending goes primarily to clinical care (Slide 2). As stewards of public resources and bound by […]

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    November 27, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog