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Case Studies: Innovative State Programs That Promote Children’s Health

Many states use innovative approaches in their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid programs to improve the quality of pediatric care and preventive services. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal and Child Health, NASHP has developed several case studies that highlight successful initiatives […]

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  • Reining in Rx Drug Costs: What States Achieved in 2017 and Where They’re Heading in 2018
    State Health Policy Blog

    In a year of tense partisan debate over the future of health care, one issue has achieved rare bipartisan agreement — the need to curb rising prescription drug costs. Polls show again and again that Americans, regardless of political affiliation, view the high costs of drugs as one of their chief health care concerns. Reviews […]

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  • Congress Poised to Act on Insurance Reforms, with Major Repercussions for All States
    State Health Policy Blog

    As Congress barrels toward the end of the year, several bills are in play that will have major and almost immediate ramifications for health insurance markets. They include: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) The Alexander-Murray insurance market stabilization bill The Nelson-Collins reinsurance program bill Temporary elimination of the health insurance tax (H.R. 4620) […]

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    December 19, 2017 | Filed under: All, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Collaboration between Medicaid and health department HIV programs is integral to providing high-quality care to people living with HIV so they can achieve virologic suppression, improve health outcomes, and reduce their risk of transmitting HIV. This comprehensive toolkit, developed by the HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group with support from HHS, CMS, CDC, and HRSA, gives […]

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    December 19, 2017 | Filed under: Front Page
  • Searching for New Insurance Options, States Consider Medicaid Buy-In and Other Strategies
    State Health Policy Blog

    Uncertainty about the future of health insurance options and concern about the ability of Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces to offer adequate competition and choice have spurred states to look for new coverage approaches. Among the innovative strategies states are proposing are allowing consumers to buy into state Medicaid programs and developing state-specific coverage options […]

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    December 12, 2017 | Filed under: All, Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Lessons from Rhode Island: How to Effectively Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Improve Public Health
    State Health Policy Blog

    When Rhode Island health policymakers read the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy People 2010 report, they realized their children’s generation could face a shorter life expectancy than their own unless they changed their approach to public health. In response, Department of Health officials doubled down on their commitment to address health disparities […]

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  • Learn How States Can Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Promote Public Health
    Publications

    As federal officials hint at overwhelming changes in how state health programs will be funded in the future, policymakers are strategizing how to reconfigure their programs to take advantage of the promised brave new world of flexibility and realigned funding. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the de Beaumont Foundation, and the Association […]

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    December 12, 2017 | Filed under: Community Health, Front Page, Landing Page, Publications
  • States Drive Innovations in Quality Measurement and Improvement for Children with Special Health Care Needs
    State Health Policy Blog

    Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are a diverse population whose health care needs and costs often exceed those of most children. Improving care for this population is critical, yet challenging, due to the complexity of conditions of some children, and the multitude of systems (e.g., health, education, social services) and supports […]

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  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
    Publications

    Updated December 2017 The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted in 1997 under Title XXI of the Social Security Act and has since provided critical health coverage to children in families with low to moderate incomes. In federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016,[1] more than 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP.[2] This fact sheet […]

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    December 8, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, CHIP Featured, Front Page, Publications
  • December Is the Most Critical Month Yet for States’ CHIP Funding
    State Health Policy Blog

    Congressional inaction in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has put states – and the children and families CHIP covers– in a cliffhanger scenario. While there have been encouraging legislative steps taken to extend the program, the bill currently appears to be stalled. With the help of temporary, reallocated CHIP funding, states are continuing […]

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