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Learn the Latest about State Efforts to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements

More than 30 states have proposed or are in the process of implementing Medicaid work requirements, in some cases to enable Medicaid expansion. Read what individual states are doing and what’s behind their efforts. Since January, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow states to require certain enrollees to participate in […]

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  • States Face Short Deadlines to Address the Risks of Short-term Health Insurance Plans

    As states await final federal regulations that will loosen restrictions over the sale of short-term health insurance policies, the clock is ticking for state legislators and regulators to enact policies to protect and inform consumers about the limited and “thin” coverage that these plans offer. What Short-Term Insurance Plans Don’t Cover Most short-term insurance plans […]

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    May 1, 2018 | Filed under: ACA, Front Page
  • Nevada’s Insurance Exchange Director Talks about Transitioning to a State-Based Marketplace and Saving Millions
    State Health Policy Blog

    Nevada’s marketplace is poised to become the first to transition from the federal platform to an entirely state-run exchange. Its director explains how the move will save millions and improve residents’ health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, states can either administer their own health insurance marketplaces as state-based marketplaces (SBMs), or default to the federally-run marketplace. Nevada is one of […]

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    April 24, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • While the Administration Mulls How to Curb Prescription Costs, State Legislatures Take the Lead
    State Health Policy Blog

    As the country awaits the Administration’s plan to curb Rx drug costs, states take the lead, proposing and passing legislation to lower costs, despite industry opposition. As we await the details of President Trump’s proposals to curb escalating drug prices, states are continuing to push legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, despite the strong […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    More than 10 million adults in the United States have serious mental illness (SMI) and 26 percent are covered by Medicaid. Today, states are investing in and creating new care delivery models to support these individuals, including behavioral health homes, and are employing a new health care workforce – peer navigators – to support these […]

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    April 24, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released rules governing Affordable Care Act health plans in 2019 that give states the flexibility to revise what insurance plans are sold through their individual and small group marketplaces, and give consumers the option to buy “thinner” plans at lower prices. The long-awaited final […]

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  • Do You Know What’s Really Driving Up Health Care Costs in Your State? Take This Quiz
    State Health Policy Blog

    Do you really know what’s driving up health care costs in the United States? Take this true or false quiz to separate fact from fiction. It’s common knowledge that health care spending in the United States is much higher than in other developed countries, and our out-sized spending doesn’t even help us live longer. A new […]

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    April 17, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative
    State Health Policy Blog

    Morrison County’s Accountable Community for Health Accomplishments: Tapered 453 patients off narcotic, stimulants, and benzodiazepine prescriptions, which resulted in 540,000 fewer doses; Saved Medicaid $3.8 million by reducing these drug prescriptions; and Reduced jail time from an average 17 days to less than one in 36 surveyed patients who received medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone). *CHI St. […]

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  • Report Highlights Effective State Strategies to Improve Lead Screening and Treatment in Children
    Publications

    More than 535,000 children in the United States under age five have high blood lead levels, and low-income and minority children who live in older housing are particularly at risk. This issue brief details the health impacts of lead toxicity in children and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements for screening and treatment under […]

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    April 10, 2018 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Medicaid, Publications
  • Q&A with Pennsylvania’s Insurance Chief: Jessica Altman Explores the Evolving Role of Insurance Coverage

    In late March, Jessica Altman became Pennsylvania’s insurance commissioner, responsible for protecting consumers in the fifth-largest insurance market in the United States and the 14th-largest in the world. Altman, who is vice chair of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Health Care Access and Finance Steering Committee, helped implement the Affordable Care Act […]

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    April 10, 2018 | Filed under: ACA, Front Page, Pennsylvania