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On a single January night in 2018, approximately 553,000 people in the United States experienced homelessness, either sleeping on the street or in a variety of shelters, and those numbers have been gradually increasing since 2016. The risk of homeless also looms large for many who are housing insecure, including 25 percent of renters nationwide […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Coming Soon – NASHP’s Center for State Health Care System Costs!

    With support from Arnold Ventures, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is expanding its capacity to help states address health care costs by establishing a Health Care Cost Hub with two divisions. One division continues the work of the Center for State Rx Drug Pricing, and the new division – the Center for […]

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    August 15, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    New PBM Laws Reflect States’ Targeted Approaches to Curb Prescription Drug Costs

    In 2019, states built on the momentum that had been gaining in recent years and passed targeted legislation to address the role harmful pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) business practices play in escalating prescription drug prices. The laws supporting these approaches, described below, give states enforcement mechanisms to ensure that the discounts that PBMs recoup are […]

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    August 12, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Pharmaceutical Costs, State Health Policy Blog

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    NASHP and States Develop National Care Coordination Standards for Children with Special Health Care Needs

    Care coordination has long been a core component of state efforts to improve health outcomes, reduce caregiver and patient burden, decrease health care costs, and strengthen systems of care for children and adults with chronic and complex conditions.   The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s […]

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    Will Trump’s Drug Importation Plan Provide a Pathway for State Action?

    The Trump Administration’s Safe Importation Action Plan lays out two pathways to support importation of lower-cost prescription drugs, but raises questions that need responses. In Pathway 1, the Administration gives a nod to state efforts to create wholesale importation programs for certain high-cost drugs, mirroring the provisions of current state efforts and federal requirements. That’s […]

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    August 5, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    Connecticut’s Interagency Partnerships Help Promote Child Health Screenings

    Connecticut has mobilized a wide array of stakeholder partnerships to achieve notable advancements in childhood developmental and behavioral health screenings by providers. Each year, states report their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program changes, accomplishments, and challenges to the federal government through the CHIP Annual Report Template System (CARTS). In Connecticut’s latest 2018 report, the […]

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    How Washington State Is Reducing Costs and Improving Coverage Value – A Q&A with its Health Benefit Exchange CEO

    Washington State made history recently with passage of Chapter 364 – a new law that is poised to revolutionize the state’s individual insurance market. The law takes a multi-pronged approach to its market redesign by: Creating a quasi-public option product for Washington’s individual market; Requiring standard plan design for plans sold on its exchange; and […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    A Snapshot of State Efforts to Reach and Enroll Children for State Medicaid and CHIP Programs

    In 2018, the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) declined 2.2 percent. It is not known if these children moved to other sources of health coverage, like employer-sponsored insurance, or became uninsured until publication of the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey this fall. However, last year’s decline […]

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    How California Is Moving the Needle on Coverage and Costs: An Interview with Covered California Leaders

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new budget has infused significant funds to make health care coverage sold through its health insurance marketplace (Covered California) more affordable and has made new subsidies available to middle-income individuals earning between 400 to 600 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). • California’s new subsidy program assists those earning up […]

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    NASHP Explores the Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage at #NASHPCONF and in a 50-State Scan

    A growing shortage of behavioral health workers persists across the country, posing a significant obstacle for states working to address the opioid crisis and other substance use disorders (SUDs). The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has recently completed a 50-state scan to identify the full range of strategies states are using to expand […]

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    July 22, 2019 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog