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We are five weeks away from September 30th, the date current federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to end. Although states can use some of the unspent federal funds that were previously allocated to them, it is projected that those funds will be exhausted during the next fiscal year, beginning […]

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  • Lowering Drug Costs: Transparency Legislation Sets Off Flurry of New State Approaches
    State Health Policy Blog

    Responding to rapidly rising drug costs, 30 states across the country have drafted more than 60 drug price transparency bills designed to: Identify the costs that contribute to drug manufacturer expenses and list prices And unveil the often opaque business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). In addition to promoting pricing transparency, as of early […]

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  • Cost Sharing Reduction Debate: Why This Matters and How States Are Preparing for an Uncertain Future
    State Health Policy Blog

    An update on CSRs – Aug. 18 Since publication of this blog, two major developments have occurred. The White House indicated that the Administration will make CSR payments for August. The Administration has not commented about future payments; the next is due Sept. 20. On Aug. 15, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis […]

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  • After recent failed efforts to pass a health care repeal or replace bill, Congress spent much of last week re-grouping on a future healthcare strategy. While most current signals point to the likely end of a full ACA legislative repeal effort, there is pervasive recognition that there are issues that need to be urgently addressed […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    As policy makers debate the future of health care, the twelve state-based marketplaces (SBMs) and five state marketplaces using the federal platform (SBM-FPs) have proven themselves sustainable, solvent examples of how state flexibility can be leveraged to bridge public and private interests to improve lives and drive stable markets. As a result of these efforts, states […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    As we enter into August, there is increased pressure on states because federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) remains uncertain beyond September 30, which means states are now facing critical decision points. States do not know if and when Congress will continue funding CHIP and even if federal funds are extended will […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is being considered under a special legislative process known as budget reconciliation, which limits debate and allows a bill to pass with a simple majority. Reconciliation rules include the Byrd Rule requiring that bills passed through this process only include changes that directly affect the federal budget. On July […]

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  • Strategies to Strengthen Health and Housing Partnerships Through Medicaid to Improve Health Care for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
    Publications

    Individuals experiencing homelessness are disproportionately impacted by chronic medical and behavioral health conditions, and many of these individuals lack health insurance or a usual source of care. State Medicaid agencies and safety net providers are important partners in meeting the medical, behavioral health, and social service needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In this […]

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  • What the House and Senate Health Care Bills Mean for States

    July 25, 2017 House and Senate Bills, ACA Comparison Chart (Updated) Blog: BCRA and the Byrd Rule Today, the Senate is expected to vote on a motion to bring a health care bill to the floor for debate. While it is yet uncertain which bill will be brought forward (the American Health Care Act, the […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    This week, the Senate released two bills as part of its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA): A revision to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) eliminating the “Ted Cruz Amendment” which provided funding to create coverage alternatives for high-risk individuals (see our revised chart) and; The Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA), a […]

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