Medicaid

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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    May 24, 2018 | Filed under: Delivery System Reform, Medicaid

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

    Oklahoma Uses Focus Groups to Identify Strategies to Better Serve Foster Care Youth

    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

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

    Medicaid Expansion in Maine Moves from the Legislature to the Courts

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

    Learn the Latest about State Efforts to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements

    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

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    Do You Know What’s Really Driving Up Health Care Costs in Your State? Take This Quiz

    Do You Know What’s Really Driving Up Health Care Costs in Your State? Take This Quiz

    Do you really know what’s driving up health care costs in the United States? Take this true or false quiz to separate fact from fiction. It’s common knowledge that health care spending in the United States is much higher than in other developed countries, and our out-sized spending doesn’t even help us live longer. A new […]

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    April 17, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog

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    Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative

    Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative

    Morrison County’s Accountable Community for Health Accomplishments: Tapered 453 patients off narcotic, stimulants, and benzodiazepine prescriptions, which resulted in 540,000 fewer doses; Saved Medicaid $3.8 million by reducing these drug prescriptions; and Reduced jail time from an average 17 days to less than one in 36 surveyed patients who received medication-assisted treatment (Suboxone). *CHI St. […]

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  • Publications
    Report Highlights Effective State Strategies to Improve Lead Screening and Treatment in Children

    Report Highlights Effective State Strategies to Improve Lead Screening and Treatment in Children

    More than 535,000 children in the United States under age five have high blood lead levels, and low-income and minority children who live in older housing are particularly at risk. This issue brief details the health impacts of lead toxicity in children and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements for screening and treatment under […]

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    April 10, 2018 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Medicaid, Publications

  • State Health Policy Blog
    Leveraging State Purchasing Power to Stabilize the Individual Insurance Market: Washington State Leads the Way

    Leveraging State Purchasing Power to Stabilize the Individual Insurance Market: Washington State Leads the Way

    Washington state has enacted a groundbreaking law to help stabilize its individual insurance market and prevent “bare counties,” areas of the state without an insurance option on its exchange. Sponsored by longtime National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) member, state Rep. Eileen Cody, HB 2408 requires insurance plans covering state or school employees to offer at least […]

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