Medicaid

States are increasingly using managed care to deliver services to children with complex health needs enrolled in Medicaid. This roundtable discussion features the work of two states that have made innovative efforts in this area. Participants will have an opportunity to raise questions and discuss opportunities and challenges to improving care quality and controlling costs […]

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  • Medicaid Data for the Future

    In a rapidly changing world, how can states align Medicaid program quality and access goals with information and data-collecting activities? For example, how can state Medicaid programs leverage recent federal guidance on information access to engage patients as informed consumers of health care? This session features California and Montana’s work and examine how states are […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference, Medicaid

  • Key Ingredients: Partnering with Schools for Student Success

    States are working to form partnerships across health and education agencies and programs to help prepare children for success in school. This session features representatives from state Medicaid, public health, and education agencies who will share examples of collaboration to increase vaccination rates, improve access to school-based mental health services, and integrate data between state […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2017 Conference, 2019 Conference, Medicaid

  • Roundtable Discussion: Road Trip to Mental Health Parity: Are We There Yet?

    In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published rules requiring state Medicaid agencies to comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Parity) and to demonstrate compliance with the Parity rule by Oct. 2, 2017. States have completed and posted their initial Parity compliance determinations, but have they arrived? […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference, Medicaid

  • Successful Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health

    State health policymakers are collaborating across agencies and at the local level with providers, health plans, and community-based organizations to address the social determinants of health and meet health-related social needs. This session highlights how states can support productive partnerships through health system transformation, managed care contract language, designated partner funding, and organizational restructuring to […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference, Medicaid, Population Health

  • Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Diverse Populations

    This session explores and showcases innovative state workforce approaches to meeting the needs and understanding the lived experiences of individuals with behavioral health needs, particularly racial and ethnic minority populations. In addition to sharing the latest research on racial and ethnic disparities in mental health conditions  and access to care, speakers will explore how Massachusetts […]

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  • State-Only Preconference: From Plain to Supreme, a Children’s Coverage Menu

    States have made significant strides over the years in providing coverage and high-quality care for children through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). However, recent declines in child enrollment in these programs raise questions about the potential underlying causes of these coverage changes. This preconference will explore this topic and others such as […]

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    June 21, 2019 | Filed under: 2019 Conference, Medicaid

  • State Health Policy Blog

    Changes to Poverty Measure Could Disqualify Thousands from State and Federal Programs

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking public comment on possible changes to how the federal poverty measure is annually adjusted for inflation. The changes would impact individuals’ eligibility for multiple programs because the US Department of Health and Human Services uses the poverty measure to establish poverty level guidelines. A wide range […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    A New State Tool to Manage Drug Costs: Experts Share Insights into Outcome-Based Contracts for Medicaid Pharmacy Claims

    Colorado and Michigan have joined Oklahoma to become the nation’s pioneering states with approved State Plan Amendments (SPAs) that enable Medicaid alternative payment models (APMs) for prescription drugs in the form of outcome-based contracts with pharmaceutical manufacturers. In early May, state experts from Oklahoma, Colorado, and Michigan shared their experiences implementing their APMs during a […]

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  • Leveraging CHIP to Improve Children’s Health: An Overview of State Health Services Initiatives

    Through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), states can develop Health Services Initiatives (HSIs) to improve the health of low-income children and youth. While HSIs can serve children of all incomes, they must be designed to directly improve the health of children under age 19 who are eligible for CHIP and/or Medicaid.

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