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Oklahoma Signs the Nation’s First State Medicaid Value-Based Contracts for Rx Drugs

On the heels of Oklahoma’s first-in-the-nation, value-based purchasing deal to improve adherence to an antipsychotic drug, the state’s Medicaid agency just signed its second value-based contract for a prescription drug used to treat serious bacterial skin infections. While several private insurers have initiated value-based contracting, which links payments to a drug’s effectiveness and outcome, Oklahoma […]

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  • Toolkits
    Toolkit: National Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    Toolkit: National Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    The National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) define the core components of a comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered system of care for CYSHCN. Nearly 20 percent of US children under age 18 have special health care needs. This toolkit provides a portal to critical tools, fact sheets, and other resources that states can […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    States Explore Strategies to Advance Palliative Care at #NASHPCONF18

    States Explore Strategies to Advance Palliative Care at #NASHPCONF18

    States, as regulators, payers, and innovators of health care, are uniquely positioned to improve the lives of Americans with serious illnesses by promoting access to palliative care. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is working with state leaders to expand and improve palliative care, explore how these services align with other initiatives (e.g., […]

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    September 18, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    State Legislators Take Action to Protect Consumers from Surprise Billing

    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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    September 18, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Insurance Legislation, State Health Policy Blog

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

    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

  • State Health Policy Blog
    How State Policymakers Spent Their Summer: Stabilizing Their Insurance Markets

    How State Policymakers Spent Their Summer: Stabilizing Their Insurance Markets

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

    As States Take the Lead to Address Drug Costs, Federal Action Follows

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

    States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care

    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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  • State Health Policy Blog
    States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies

    States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies

    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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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Webinar: State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Children and Families Affected by Opioids

    Webinar: State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Children and Families Affected by Opioids

    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