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Twenty-Eight States Passed 45 Bills to Curb Rising Rx Drug Costs in the Short 2018 Legislative Session

*Updated Oct. 15, 2018 Despite a short legislative season, state lawmakers across the country introduced an unprecedented 174 bills to stem the rising cost of prescription drugs and have enacted 45 into law — with seven state legislatures still in session. Last year, state legislatures introduced 100 Rx cost control bills and passed 27. Register […]

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  • State Strategies to Prevent and Respond to Disease Crises Through Medicaid and Public Health Partnerships
    Publications

    Protecting public health in an era when infections can quickly spread from remote areas to major world cities requires creative and well-orchestrated responses from national, state, and local governments. One of the critical partnerships states can forge before, during, and after such crises is between public health and Medicaid. This report, supported by the Health […]

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  • State Officials Work to Harness Medicaid as a Change Agent to Increase Immunization Rates
    State Health Policy Blog

    Despite vaccines’ effectiveness in preventing infectious diseases and strong public funding for childhood immunizations, vaccination rates among children living in poverty remain stubbornly lower than for children living above poverty and who are privately insured. Recently, officials from several organizations, including the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), AcademyHealth, and the Colorado Children’s Immunization […]

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  • Federal Suspension of Risk Adjustment Payments Delivers Another Hit to State Exchanges
    State Health Policy Blog

    The latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the stability of states’ individual markets came on July 7, 2018, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would stop issuing risk adjustment payments pending the outcome of a challenge to the ACA program in the US District Court in New […]

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    July 17, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Flurry of Bills Targeting the Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Families Reach Congress
    State Health Policy Blog

    The country’s opioid crisis has had a devastating effect on women, children, and families, and continues to strain state health, foster care, and social service agency budgets. A flurry of bills has recently been introduced in Congress to prevent or reduce the effects of the opioid crisis and many directly impact families and children. The […]

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    July 17, 2018 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • Voters in Several States Will Decide Whether to Expand Medicaid this Fall

    Voters in several states will decide whether to expand Medicaid – or preserve their expanded coverage — when they go to the polls this November. Medicaid expansion will be on Utah’s ballot, and is expected to be presented to Idaho and Nebraska voters this fall if enough signatures are collected. Montana’s Medicaid expansion is scheduled […]

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    July 12, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page
  • Feds Send Mixed Responses on States’ Efforts to Control Medicaid Drug Costs

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had a mixed response to two states’ innovative efforts to control Medicaid drug costs in June. The agency denied Massachusetts’ 1115 waiver request to create a closed Medicaid drug formulary, but it approved Oklahoma’s State Plan Amendment that authorizes supplemental rebates for value-based purchasing arrangements with pharmaceutical […]

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    July 10, 2018 | Filed under: All, Drug Pricing, Featured-Rx, Front Page, Front Page-Rx, Medicaid
  • How State Medicaid and Title V Partnerships Improve Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs in Medicaid Managed Care

    States are increasingly utilizing Medicaid managed care (MMC) to serve children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), who often require a complex array of services. Many states are finding that forging partnerships between their MMC systems and Title V CYSHCN programs improves care coordination, transitions from pediatric to adult care systems, quality of […]

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  • NASHP’s State SUD Policy Institute Supports States to Address SUD in Federally Qualified Health Centers
    State Health Policy Blog

    NASHP congratulates the five states selected to participate in NASHP’s State Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Policy Institute: Alabama Illinois South Dakota Virginia Wisconsin The State SUD Policy Institute, supported by a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, will assist these five state teams to develop innovative strategies to increase access to and […]

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  • Learn the Latest about States’ Medicaid Work Requirement Proposals
    State Health Policy Blog

    More than 30 states have proposed or are implementing work requirements, in some cases to enable Medicaid expansion. Read an update about state efforts and a recent federal court ruling on Kentucky’s waiver application. Since January, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow states to require certain enrollees to […]

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    July 3, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog