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This National Academy for State Health Policy white paper, States’ Rights: A Patent Law Analysis of NASHP Rate-Setting Model Act by experts at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, explores why state drug rate-setting legislation and other cost containment approaches do not violate federal patent law and can withstand legal challenges. This […]

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  • Federal Promotion of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans: How Will These Plans Impact State Insurance Markets?
    State Health Policy Blog

    Last month, the departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services released a proposed rule that changes the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans to make it easier to sell the plans, which do not have to adhere to Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, such as covering people with pre-existing conditions. This […]

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    March 6, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • When It Comes to Selling Health Insurance, State Control Matters
    State Health Policy Blog

    According to data released by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), states that closely manage their Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace operations and outreach led the nation in enrolling consumers. State-based marketplaces (SBMs) that used carefully-crafted marketing campaigns achieved stability and increased enrollment by 0.2 percent, while states with federally-managed marketplaces saw enrollment […]

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    March 6, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • New Program Helps State Medicaid Programs Close an Immunization Disparity Gap
    State Health Policy Blog

    State Medicaid programs play a vital role in protecting public health by ensuring that children receive all of their recommended immunizations. If all children born in 2009 were fully immunized, for example, it would prevent 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease, while saving the country more than $13.5 billion in direct health […]

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    February 27, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • WV Medicaid Covers an Innovative and Less Costly Treatment Model for Opioid-Affected Infants
    State Health Policy Blog

    Each year, state Medicaid programs cover more than $1 billion to care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – a condition caused by opioid use during pregnancy. NAS often results in expensive hospital stays in order to treat the infant’s withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, poor feeding, seizures, and respiratory distress. Earlier this month, […]

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  • How Governors Addressed Health Care in Their 2018 State of the State Addresses

    Click here for a chart comparing the health topics each governor addressed. In their state of the state speeches, governors highlight policy successes and outline key proposals they want their legislatures to address. This year, governors highlighted health care issues such as Medicaid, behavioral health, and the opioid epidemic as policy priorities in these speeches. […]

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  • Considering a State Individual Mandate? What Policymakers Can Learn from Massachusetts’ Experience and Maryland’s Proposal
    State Health Policy Blog

    As states reach the midway point of their 2018 legislative sessions, many are looking for ways to stabilize their insurance marketplaces now that Congress has effectively eliminated the individual mandate that required all residents to be insured or pay a penalty. Without guaranteed participation by healthier consumers, marketplaces risk having more high-cost consumers in their […]

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    February 20, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • How the Federal Government Can Help States Address Rising Prescription Drug Costs
    State Health Policy Blog

    State Medicaid programs, which face rapidly rising drug costs, have few bargaining chips to use when negotiating lower drug costs, due in part to decades-old federal rules that limit their bargaining power. NASHP, with support of The Commonwealth Fund, recently sat down with state and federal policymakers to identify policy and rule changes that could […]

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  • Overview: How the President’s Proposed FFY 2019 Budget Impacts Critical State Health Programs
    State Health Policy Blog

    On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget released the president’s FFY 2019 budget request that proposes $68.4 billion for health programs administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – which is $17.9 billion less than 2017 funding levels. The budget proposal included an addendum designed to align the proposed White […]

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    February 13, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State-Based Marketplaces See Enrollment Growth in 2018, Despite Roadblocks and Confusion
    State Health Policy Blog

    While national enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces reached 11.8 million for 2018 – about 3.7 percent less than in 2017 — enrollment in states that have more control over their marketplaces grew by 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, enrollment fell by 5.3 percent in states that use the federally-facilitated marketplace, according to data released by […]

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    February 13, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog, State Refor(u)m