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State Legislators Take Action to Protect Consumers from Surprise Billing

Consumer out-of-pocket spending on health care costs, including “surprise” medical bills – often incurred for costly, out-of-network care — is on the rise and state lawmakers are responding with legislation to protect consumers. Surprise bills happen when consumers receive unexpected charges for medical care that they assumed would be comprehensively covered by their insurance plans. […]

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  • NASHP Issues RFP for Partner to Help States Develop a Drug Cost Transparency Database

    NASHP’s Center for State Rx Drug Pricing seeks a partner to provide technical and strategic expertise to help a workgroup of state officials from California, Nevada, Oregon, Connecticut, and Vermont implement their drug cost transparency laws and help Maine and New Hampshire develop transparency programs as mandated by recent legislation. This work will help all […]

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    September 18, 2018 | Filed under: Drug Pricing, Featured-Rx, Front Page, Front Page-Rx, Transparency
  • How State Policymakers Spent Their Summer: Stabilizing Their Insurance Markets
    State Health Policy Blog

    State policymakers spent their summer crafting policies to educate and protect consumers in response to federal actions that threaten to alter state individual insurance markets. In recent months, the federal government issued new rules expanding the availability and sale of association health plans and short-term, limited duration plans and passed legislation effectively eliminating the individual […]

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  • As States Take the Lead to Address Drug Costs, Federal Action Follows
    State Health Policy Blog

    *Update: On Oct. 10, 2018, President Trump signed two bills designed to increase prescription drug price transparency by prohibiting gag clauses, which prevent pharmacists from disclosing lower-cost drug options to consumers. One bill prohibits gag clauses under Medicare Part D starting in 2020 and the other affects private insurance markets and goes into effect immediately. […]

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  • States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care
    State Health Policy Blog

    Prevention and collaboration were the key themes as state policymakers explored innovative and cost-effective strategies to integrate oral health and primary care during #NASHPCONF18’s session, Cross Currents: Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care. Speakers underscored the importance of high-quality and regular dental care in preventing major oral and physical health problems and delivering cost […]

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    September 11, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Oral Health, State Health Policy Blog
  • States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies
    State Health Policy Blog

    As part of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) health and housing institute, officials from five states (IL, LA, NY, OR, and TX) met with other policymakers at #NASHPCONF18 to share how they work across agency siloes to improve health and housing for vulnerable populations, including those experiencing homelessness, struggling with behavioral health […]

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    September 11, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, State Health Policy Blog, Texas
  • Webinar: State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Children and Families Affected by Opioids
    State Health Policy Blog

    In partnership with the Alliance for Early Success, NASHP is hosting a webinar, State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis, from 2 to 3 p.m. (EST), Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, to highlight New Hampshire’s coordinated approach to meet the needs of young children affected by opioid […]

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    September 4, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Levers to Promote Lead Screening and Treatment: Rhode Island’s Strategies
    Publications

    Addressing lead hazards today generates future economic benefits and improved health outcomes for children. In partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Academy for State Health Policy is publishing a series of case studies highlighting effective state initiatives to promote lead screening and treatment. This study explores how Rhode Island has used […]

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  • As States Brace for ACA Lawsuit, Senate Considers Protections for Pre-existing Conditions
    State Health Policy Blog

    Ten Republican Senators recently introduced legislation to protect patients with pre-existing conditions. While these protections are already included in federal law though the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the proposed bill would preserve some of those protections in the event the ACA is overturned as a result of ongoing litigation. Specifically, the Senate bill proposes to: […]

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  • #NASHPCONF18: Policymakers Share Their Approaches to Stabilize State Individual Insurance Markets
    State Health Policy Blog

    During NASHP’s recent state health policy conference, state insurance experts explored the dramatic changes that recent federal action has foisted on their individual health insurance markets. In a second report from this conference session, they highlight strategies they’ve used to stabilize markets and identify lingering challenges to insurance markets’ affordability and choice. While many state […]

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