Population Health

Toolkit: State Strategies to Support Older Adults Aging in Place in Rural Areas

This toolkit highlights state initiatives to help older rural adults age in place by increasing services that help people remain in their homes, expanding and professionalizing the caregiver workforce, improving transportation access and services, and making delivery system reforms within Medicaid programs. Download the report. Introduction Rural areas across the nation have higher concentrations of […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    State Officials Fear Final Public Charge Rule Could Deter Health Coverage Enrollment

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently finalized a rule that significantly changes immigration policies related to “public charge” determinations. Under long-established US immigration policies, individuals who are deemed likely to become a “public charge” and require extensive government support can be denied an adjustment of their immigration status (e.g., issued a green card) or […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    State Medicaid Levers to Promote Immunization: California’s Experience

    Vaccines are a powerful and cost-effective tool to prevent diseases and save lives. Once common, deadly diseases such as polio, measles, and mumps are preventable and smallpox no longer exists outside of a laboratory. According to research estimates, of 4.3 million infants born in the United States in 2009, vaccines will prevent 40,000 deaths and […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Oregon and Connecticut Hold Hospitals Accountable for Meaningful Community Benefit Investment

    Tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals cost states billions of dollars in lost tax revenue each year. In return, hospitals are required to invest in activities and services that benefit their communities. Some states, including Oregon and Connecticut, are going beyond federal requirements by holding hospitals accountable for making meaningful investments in the community’s health and […]

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    August 29, 2019 | Filed under: Front Page, Population Health, State Health Policy Blog

  • State Health Policy Blog

    Minnesota and Indiana Governors Work to Improve Social Equity and Health in Every Zip Code

    In their 2019 state of the state speeches, 13 governors addressed social equity, acknowledging that reducing inequities and improving opportunities for all residents improves lives and health outcomes. Two of them — Indiana and Minnesota – offer examples of how states are orchestrating their legislative and administrative efforts to reduce health disparities and promote social […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    States May Soon Have to Provide Medication-Assisted Treatment to Inmates, Here’s How to Fund It

    State policymakers on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic understand that treating justice-involved individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) offers a critical opportunity to expand access to treatment. While there is strong evidence that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) promotes recovery, saves lives, and reduces re-incarceration, states must surmount significant policy and financial challenges to provide MAT […]

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  • Webinars

    Webinar: Widening the Lens – Treatment for Alcohol and Stimulant Use Disorders

    Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 3-4:30 p.m. (ET) The CMS Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program’s (IAP) Reducing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program area is holding a webinar on the topic of broadening the national focus from opioid use disorder (OUD) to address alcohol and stimulant use disorders. In this webinar, participating states learn about strategies for the […]

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    July 8, 2019 | Filed under: Population Health, Webinars

  • Webinars

    Webinar: Strategies for Connecting Justice-Involved Populations to Substance Use Disorder Treatment

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019 2:30-3:30 p.m. (ET) The CMS Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program’s (IAP) Reducing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program area is holding a national webinar on strategies to connect justice-involved individuals to SUD treatment. In this webinar, participants will learn about the high prevalence of substance use disorders (SUD) in the justice-involved population and […]

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    July 8, 2019 | Filed under: Population Health, Webinars

  • State Health Policy Blog

    States Take Action to Improve and Expand Early Childhood Education

    Participation in early childhood education programs has been linked to better health, higher educational achievement, and higher socioeconomic status in adulthood. Given that programs have been shown to yield a $2 to $4 return for every $1 invested, many states are looking upstream and investing in the education of their youngest residents. What governors are […]

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  • Improving Health Through Housing

    Thursday, August 22, 3:30 pm – 5 pm Safe, stable, and affordable housing can reduce health disparities, improve long-term outcomes, and reduce costs. This session highlights practical strategies for working across state agencies to address health through housing. Officials from Louisiana, Oregon, and Texas — three states participating in NASHP’s Health and Housing Institute — […]

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