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A statement from NASHP Executive Director Trish Riley “Focusing on the amendments to the AHCA diverts attention from the underlying legislation. Included there are significant cuts to coverage programs. Flexibility is not a synonym for savings. While state flexibility and the added funding for risk mitigation could create more efficiency and stimulate innovation, by itself […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    With 80 bills introduced in 2017, there is a high level of interest in pharmaceutical pricing among state legislators. However, despite legislative sessions wrapping up, very few laws have been enacted. To date, bills have passed in Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, New York, and Utah. In 2016, Vermont led the way with a price transparency […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Under the authority of Section 1115 demonstrations, some states have implemented Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs to improve care, improve health, and lower costs by incentivizing and supporting care delivery redesign that transitions away from episodic treatment toward prevention and management of health and wellness for low-income populations. DSRIP programs restructure Medicaid funding […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Earlier this spring, the Massachusetts Health Connector (Health Connector), the health insurance exchange of the commonwealth, announced that it would be joining Washington, D.C.’s, exchange, DC Health Link, in a first-of-its-kind collaboration to develop a joint platform for their small business exchanges. This partnership is an exciting example of the collaborative possibilities for states. By […]

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  • Publications

    An evidence-based approach to policymaking enables states to direct health care resources toward the clinical care and health service delivery models most likely to deliver the results state health policymakers seek: better health outcomes through the efficient stewardship of public funds. As states face changing priorities and rising health care costs there is additional pressure […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The urgency to stabilize the individual markets is palpable in the states. Insurers will begin filing preliminary rates for 2018 next month and are developing those rates in a period of uncertainty. Will cost sharing reductions continue? Will there be some help to stabilize the market, calm jittery insurers and assure that consumers in every […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to end this September, and without Congressional action, states will soon confront significant fiscal challenges. If states exhaust their federal CHIP funds, those with separate CHIP programs can cap enrollment and take steps to close their CHIP programs. States that operate Medicaid expansion CHIP […]

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  • Delaware and Georgia Use Innovative Strategies to Promote Women’s Health in Medicaid
    State Health Policy Blog

    Unplanned pregnancies present a challenge for many women, their families and communities, and are associated with a number of costly health outcomes, including delayed prenatal care, premature birth and low birth weight. Federal initiatives like the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) have helped to engage state leaders in efforts […]

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  • Case Study: How Minnesota Uses Medicaid Levers to Address Maternal Depression and Improve Healthy Child Development
    Publications

    Despite evidence that maternal depression is quite common and can negatively impact young children’s development, it is often undiagnosed and untreated. Since the rate of maternal depression is disproportionately higher in low-income women, Medicaid can play a leading role in identifying at-risk mothers and connecting them to treatment. With support from the David and Lucile […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The rancor of the recent debate around repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), masked a point of agreement- despite progress, the individual market remains unaffordable for too many and sometimes limits plan choice. In a changing economy, more of us move from job to job, sometimes with periods of unemployment; many of us […]

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