Medicaid

Washington’s Medicaid Chief Examines the Future of Medicaid and Health Reforms

MaryAnne Lindeblad oversees Washington State’s Apple Health (Medicaid) program, which serves more than 1.8 million residents. She also chairs the National Academy for State Health Policy’s executive committee and is a National Association of Medicaid Directors board member. Lindeblad took time recently to talk to NASHP about the future of Medicaid and health care reform. […]

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  • Health Services Initiative Gives States Unique Tools to Improve the Health of Low-Income Children
    State Health Policy Blog

    With federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) assured through 2027, states can consider using a portion of their CHIP dollars to improve the health of low-income children through innovative Health Services Initiative (HSI). HSIs provide states with a mechanism to use CHIP administrative dollars to fund a range of activities beyond just […]

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  • How States Can Improve Access to Care for Children Under the Medicaid Managed Care Rule
    State Health Policy Blog

    Next month, states face new federal requirements for establishing and maintaining Medicaid managed care provider networks. As they work to comply with these new rules, states have an opportunity to strengthen access to care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Medicaid and requirements, which address how enrollees access care and the […]

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  • An Early Look at Vermont’s Value-Based, Multi-Payer “Next Gen” Model, Designed to Lower Costs and Improve Population Health
    Publications

    By Robin Lunge, JD, MHCDS Robin Lunge is a member of Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board, which regulates health insurance rates, hospital budgets, and accountable care organizations. In this brief, she explores how the state’s transformation from a fee-for-service payment system to a value-based, multi-payer model designed to curb health care spending and improve care […]

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  • The Roadmap Ahead: New York’s Value-Based Payments Reward Communities and Providers for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
    State Health Policy Blog

    Medicaid payment models in many states are shifting away from rewarding providers for the quantity of care they provide to models that reward high-quality, coordinated care that addresses some of the broader social factors that influence health and well-being. One example is New York’s Value-Based Payment (VBP) Roadmap, which rewards Medicaid providers and community-based organizations […]

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  • 50-State Scan of Lead Screening and Treatment Policies for Children and Pregnant Women

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children in 4 million households are exposed to high levels of lead. Elevated blood lead levels increase risk for damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, and learning, behavior, hearing, and speech problems, along with long-term financial financial and health implications. […]

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  • Oklahoma Uses Focus Groups to Identify Strategies to Better Serve Foster Care Youth
    State Health Policy Blog

    Oklahoma uses focus groups to identify ways to improve treatment guidelines, communication, and medication monitoring for foster care youth enrolled in Medicaid. May is National Foster Care Month and for the fourth consecutive year the number of children in foster care nationwide has climbed, fueled in part by the opioid epidemic, according to the Adoption and […]

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  • Ohio Implements Value-Based Payment Reform to Improve Population Health

    Greg Moody, director of Ohio’s Office of Health Transformation, has quietly spearheaded one of the most effective redesigns of a state health care payment system in the country, generating cost savings and improving public health by showing providers how the cost and quality of their care compares with their peers. This value-based cost-savings and quality improvement […]

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  • Medicaid Expansion in Maine Moves from the Legislature to the Courts
    State Health Policy Blog

    A successful citizens referendum to expand Medicaid stalled in the state Legislature and moved to the courts this week. Over the past five years, the Maine Legislature has passed several bills to expand the state’s Medicaid program – MaineCare – under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act to cover a greater number of low-income […]

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  • Learn the Latest about State Efforts to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements
    State Health Policy Blog

    More than 30 states have proposed or are in the process of implementing Medicaid work requirements, in some cases to enable Medicaid expansion. Read what individual states are doing and what’s behind their efforts. Since January, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow states to require certain enrollees to participate in […]

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    May 1, 2018 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog