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Federal Suspension of Risk Adjustment Payments Delivers Another Hit to State Exchanges

The latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the stability of states’ individual markets came on July 7, 2018, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would stop issuing risk adjustment payments pending the outcome of a challenge to the ACA program in the US District Court in New […]

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  • Flurry of Bills Targeting the Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Families Reach Congress
    State Health Policy Blog

    The country’s opioid crisis has had a devastating effect on women, children, and families, and continues to strain state health, foster care, and social service agency budgets. A flurry of bills has recently been introduced in Congress to prevent or reduce the effects of the opioid crisis and many directly impact families and children. The […]

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    July 17, 2018 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Voters in Several States Will Decide Whether to Expand Medicaid this Fall

    Voters in several states will decide whether to expand Medicaid – or preserve their expanded coverage — when they go to the polls this November. Medicaid expansion will be on Utah’s ballot, and is expected to be presented to Idaho and Nebraska voters this fall if enough signatures are collected. Montana’s Medicaid expansion is scheduled […]

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    July 12, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page
  • Feds Send Mixed Responses on States’ Efforts to Control Medicaid Drug Costs

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had a mixed response to two states’ innovative efforts to control Medicaid drug costs in June. The agency denied Massachusetts’ 1115 waiver request to create a closed Medicaid drug formulary, but it approved Oklahoma’s State Plan Amendment that authorizes supplemental rebates for value-based purchasing arrangements with pharmaceutical […]

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    July 10, 2018 | Filed under: All, Drug Pricing, Front Page, Front Page-Rx, Medicaid
  • How State Medicaid and Title V Partnerships Improve Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs in Medicaid Managed Care

    States are increasingly utilizing Medicaid managed care (MMC) to serve children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), who often require a complex array of services. Many states are finding that forging partnerships between their MMC systems and Title V CYSHCN programs improves care coordination, transitions from pediatric to adult care systems, quality of […]

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  • Apply Today: NASHP’s State SUD Policy Institute Supports States to Address SUD in Federally Qualified Health Centers
    State Health Policy Blog

    The National Academy for State Health Policy invites states to apply to participate in the State Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Policy Institute: Leveraging Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to Address SUD. The institute, supported by a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, will support up to five state teams to develop innovative […]

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  • Learn the Latest about States’ Medicaid Work Requirement Proposals
    State Health Policy Blog

    More than 30 states have proposed or are implementing work requirements, in some cases to enable Medicaid expansion. Read an update about state efforts and a recent federal court ruling on Kentucky’s waiver application. Since January, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow states to require certain enrollees to […]

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    July 3, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Washington’s Medicaid Chief Examines the Future of Medicaid and Health Reforms
    State Health Policy Blog

    MaryAnne Lindeblad oversees Washington State’s Apple Health (Medicaid) program, which serves more than 1.8 million residents. She also chairs the National Academy for State Health Policy’s executive committee and is a National Association of Medicaid Directors board member. Lindeblad took time recently to talk to NASHP about the future of Medicaid and health care reform. […]

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    June 26, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog, Washington
  • The New Association Health Plan Rule: What Are the Issues and Options for States
    State Health Policy Blog

    Last week, the Department of Labor released its final rule regulating association health plans (AHPs). The rule is part of the Trump Administration’s multi-pronged strategy to revise regulations governing AHPs, short-term insurance, and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to promote health care competition and choice.     The rule is expected to reshape state insurance markets and […]

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  • State Strategies to Advance Medical Homes for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    Medical homes are critical components of comprehensive care systems for children and youth with special health needs (CYSHCN). They can reduce costs and improve outcomes and care experiences for CYSHCN and their families. This new report, State Strategies to Advance Medical Homes for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, examines effective strategies used […]

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