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Fact Sheet Highlights Medicaid’s Critical Role in Screening for Maternal Depression

Despite evidence that maternal depression is common and can impede the development of young children, it is often undiagnosed and untreated. Medicaid can play a leading role in identifying at-risk mothers and connecting them to treatment. NASHP’s new fact sheet provides background on maternal depression while also presenting a summary of state Medicaid policies for […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    New Tools Help States Document Rx Costs and Identify Potential Savings

    New Tools Help States Document Rx Costs and Identify Potential Savings

    Just how much are states spending on prescription drugs? And, which drugs account for their greatest expense? As state policymakers grapple with solutions to the problem of rising drug costs, officials are performing research to  provide critical evidence and tools needed to inform policy. Two recent state efforts to document their prescription drug costs may […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    As State Legislatures Convene, Lawmakers Quickly Submit Bills to Curb Prescription Prices

    As State Legislatures Convene, Lawmakers Quickly Submit Bills to Curb Prescription Prices

    One week into the 2019 legislative season, lawmakers from 11 states have already submitted 30 bills to address the rising cost of prescription drugs. The bills submitted to date seek to implement wholesale drug importation programs, increase pharmaceutical pricing transparency, and regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), along with other drug cost containment initiatives. Last year, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Federal Rule Delay Impacts States’ and Insurers’ 2020 Plans

    State regulators are already working to develop guidance and rules that will determine health insurance plans’ benefits and costs in 2020. However, states lack critical information to make updated calculations because the federal government has not yet released its 2020 Actuarial Value (AV) Calculator. Why is the AV calculator important? AV is used to sort […]

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    January 15, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Insurance Exchanges, State Health Policy Blog

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    State Reinsurance Programs Lower Premiums and Stabilize Markets — Oregon and Maryland Show How

    State Reinsurance Programs Lower Premiums and Stabilize Markets — Oregon and Maryland Show How

    Across the nation, in response to rising health insurance premiums and unsettled markets, a growing number of states are using reinsurance programs to reduce premiums and stabilize jittery markets. What is reinsurance? A reinsurance program provides funds to health insurers to offset the costs of covering consumers with high medical costs. Generally, reinsurance funds become […]

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    January 14, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

  • State Health Policy Blog
    California Creates a State Surgeon General Position

    California Creates a State Surgeon General Position

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled several health care initiatives in his inaugural address last week, including a well-publicized plan to lower drug costs using public purchasing power. But a less-publicized action – establishing a state surgeon general post – to help tackle the social determinants of health and health equity, presents a significant opportunity for […]

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  • NASHP Applauds Vermont for Taking Next Step in Prescription Drug Importation

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 3, 2019 The Vermont Agency for Human Services has presented its report on wholesale importation of prescription drugs from Canada as required by the state’s legislature pursuant to a law enacted last year. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with a team of consultants including FDAImports.com, LLC and […]

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    January 3, 2019 | Filed under: All, Front Page, Press Release

  • State-Based Marketplaces Open for Business

    Enrollment is still open in some states and coverage continues across the nation Washington, DC – On the heels of the Texas federal district court ruling against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) convened state health marketplace directors for reaction. They stressed the ACA remains the law of the […]

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    December 19, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Insurance Exchanges, Press Release

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    Toolkit: Upstream Health Priorities for New Governors

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

  • 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