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States Await Federal Action on Critical Health Care Safety Net Funding

  One out of twelve Americans and one out of six adults and children covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) receive their care at health centers funded in part by the federal Health Center Program. Funding uncertainty for this program and two other federal safety net programs — the National Health […]

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  • Executive directors of 10 state-based insurance marketplaces have asked leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to support Congressional efforts to stabilize Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces through a reinsurance program that would spread the financial risk for high-risk individuals across insurance markets. The leaders wrote in a Jan. 30, 2018, […]

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    February 6, 2018 | Filed under: ACA, Front Page, Presentations and Announcements, State Exchanges
  • NASHP Workgroup Bridges Research and Health Care Policy
    State Health Policy Blog

    National reports show it takes 17 years[1] before medical research is put into practice by health care providers. Why does it take so long? Are there levers or tools, such as payment incentives or provider education, that state health policymakers can use to bridge that gap? The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently […]

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    January 30, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Bracing for an Uncertain 2018, States Can Apply the Flexibility and Innovation Learned in 2017
    State Health Policy Blog

    The federal political and funding uncertainties that affected state health insurance coverage in 2017, including the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are expected to reverberate through 2018. But this year, state health care policymakers have some lessons learned about the value of state flexibility and innovation as they navigate another tumultuous year. […]

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    January 30, 2018 | Filed under: ACA, Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Trending Now: State Legislation that Bans Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ “Gag Clauses”
    State Health Policy Blog

    A growing number of state legislatures across the country are introducing bills to outlaw a “gag clause” that prevents pharmacists from telling consumers when there are cheaper prescription drug alternatives available. Some of the bills also require fuller disclosure about the business relationships between pharmacy benefit managers, health plans, and pharmacies in order to address […]

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  • State Proposals for Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirements

    *Chart updated April 5, 2018* In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new policy allowing states to implement work and community engagement requirements for certain Medicaid enrollees. States would be permitted to seek federal approval to require non-elderly, non-pregnant, and non-disabled adults to participate in these types of activities to […]

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    January 29, 2018 | Filed under: Charts, Featured, Front Page, Medicaid
  • Virginia Cooperative Promotes Evidence-Based, Prevention Improvements in Primary Care
    Publications

    Years can pass before providers fully integrate evidence-based approaches that can saves lives and provide more cost-effective care into their practices. To speed that process, NASHP worked with Virginia’s EvidenceNOW cooperative to share findings from that initiative’s effort to promote evidence-based primary care prevention with 1,500 small- to mid-sized primary care practices in 12 states. […]

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  • State Legislatures Start Out Strong in 2018 with Bills to Curb Rx Drug Costs
    State Health Policy Blog

    With the federal government continuing to take no action to curb drug costs, states legislatures across the country are intensifying their efforts in 2018 to staunch the financial hemorrhage to health care budgets caused by escalating prescription drug costs. Three weeks into 2018, 43 bills designed to rein in prescription drug costs have been introduced […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Yesterday, after a three-day federal government shutdown, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) bill that was quickly signed into law to keep the federal government operating through Feb. 8, 2018. After months of delay, Congress included new, long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the CR. Since September 2017, when consistent federal […]

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  • A Glimpse at Kentucky’s Newly Approved Medicaid Work Requirement Waiver
    State Health Policy Blog

    Last week, for the first time the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a Medicaid waiver application that includes work and community engagement requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility for certain enrollees. Approval of Kentucky HEALTH’s Medicaid waiver proposal, which will run through Sept. 30, 2023, came one day after CMS released […]

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    January 16, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog