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Congress’ short-term patch for the currently unfunded Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program may not be enough to avoid disenrolling families as some state officials predict they will exhaust these funds as soon as January and February. Uncertainty about the program’s future persists as states work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to […]

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  • State Health Watch – What’s Ahead in 2018?
    State Health Policy Blog

    State health policymakers enter 2018 buffeted by unsettled insurance markets, reductions in public health and prevention revenue, and uncertain funding for Medicaid and health care delivery reforms. Will state innovation and more flexibility to restructure insurance and payment and delivery systems be enough to reduce medical costs and safeguard access to health care? Will new […]

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    January 9, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    On Dec. 21, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) bill to keep the federal government operational through Jan. 19, 2018, and it includes new, short-term federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Specifically, the CR: Provides $2.85 billion in new federal allotments to states for CHIP for the period from Oct. 1, 2017, […]

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  • How Does a State Individual Mandate Work? NASHP Webinar Explores Massachusetts’ Experience

    Since 2006, Massachusetts has mandated health insurance coverage for all residents. With effective repeal of the federal individual mandate scheduled for 2019, one option state policymakers are exploring to stabilize their insurance markets is mandating insurance for all, similar to Massachusetts. NASHP invites state officials to join key Massachusetts policymakers from 3 to 4 p.m. […]

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    January 2, 2018 | Filed under: All, Front Page
  • Case Studies: Innovative State Programs That Promote Children’s Health
    Publications,State Health Policy Blog

    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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