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State Options for Promoting Recovery among Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid or Substance Use Disorder

The opioid epidemic has heightened states’ efforts to prevent and treat of substance use disorder (SUD) in pregnant and parenting women. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, interviewed Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Texas officials about the unique interagency approaches they are using to promote recovery […]

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  • State Strategies for Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
    Publications

    Care coordination is an essential component of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). When successfully implemented, it can improve care, reduce costs, avoid fragmented and duplicative care, and improve family functioning and satisfaction. As states work to provide quality care coordination, many are adopting shared plans of care (SPoC) to […]

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  • Why Shared Plans of Care Are Critical to Coordinated Care and How States Are Implementing Them
    State Health Policy Blog

    Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) can require significant care coordination across a continuum of health and social services. Improved care coordination for CYSHCN can lead to better outcomes for CYSHCN, as well as cost savings for states. To achieve those goals, state Medicaid agencies and Title V CYSHCN programs are increasingly […]

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  • Administration Proposes Significant Policy Changes for State Insurance Markets through New 1332 Waiver Guidance
    State Health Policy Blog

    On Oct. 22, 2018, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury issued new guidance governing Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers, now called State Relief and Empowerment Waivers. Through increased state flexibility, the guidance supports the diffusion of association health plans and short-term, limited-duration plans, continue to stymie state efforts to use a 1332 […]

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    October 23, 2018 | Filed under: All, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • SUPPORT for Families and Communities Act: New Funding and Flexibility for States to Address Substance Use Disorder
    State Health Policy Blog

    Last week, Congress sent the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a wide-ranging bill that seeks to address the country’s opioid crisis across a number of policy areas, to the President for his signature. The act contains numerous provisions that affect how state Medicaid agencies structure and administer services and supports for individuals with opioid […]

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    October 23, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Q&A: How Massachusetts Uses Its Medicaid IMD Waiver to Improve Substance Use Disorder Treatment
    State Health Policy Blog

    In 2016, only 3.8 million of the 21 million Americans with substance use disorder (SUD) received treatment. As the opioid crisis persists, states have been working to identify new SUD treatment approaches, but the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion has historically put certain residential health care facilities out of reach for many Medicaid […]

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    October 23, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Massachusetts, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts, Keeps the Community at the Center of Hospital Community Benefits
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    Lawrence, Massachusetts, a city that has struggled with poverty and poor health, is now a Culture of Health Prize winner due in part to state policies that bolster the city’s efforts to advance health equity and address social needs. These supportive state policies include guidelines governing the local hospital’s community health needs assessments, its community […]

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    October 17, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Massachusetts, Publications
  • States Share their PrEP Prevention Initiatives to Reduce New HIV Infections
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    Pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP, is a comprehensive HIV intervention that combines an antiretroviral drug, testing, and counseling to reduce new HIV infections. NASHP brought together officials from Maryland, Michigan, and Connecticut in a PrEP Policy Learning Series to learn and report on how states are effectively deploying and improving their PrEP initiatives to save […]

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    October 16, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Publications
  • States Take Administrative Actions to Curb Medicaid Drug Costs
    State Health Policy Blog

    During the 2018 legislative session, 28 states passed 45 laws to curb the rising cost of prescription drugs. In addition to legislative solutions, states are taking administrative action to better manage state spending on Medicaid pharmacy benefits. Ohio, West Virginia, and Vermont offer examples of states taking innovative administrative approaches to rein in drug costs. […]

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  • A Snapshot of the Key Health Policy Issues at Play in 2018 Governors’ Races
    State Health Policy Blog

    With elections just three weeks away, governors’ races in 36 states – with 17 open seats – are down to the wire and important health policy issues, such as Medicaid expansion, stabilizing insurance markets, public options, and prescription drug price controls, are at play in most of them. The National Academy for State Health Policy […]

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    October 16, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog