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Legal Challenges of Rx Drug Laws Passed in 2017 Will Shape States’ Future Cost Containment Legislation

As the number of state bills to rein in prescription drug prices grows beyond 150 nationwide in 2018, the first generation of several state laws passed last year are now before the courts. The pharmaceutical industry has consistently challenged drug cost transparency and price gouging legislation passed in 2017 in federal courts. How well these […]

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    How States Can Contain Rx Drug Costs without Violating Federal Patent Law

    This National Academy for State Health Policy white paper, States’ Rights: A Patent Law Analysis of NASHP Rate-Setting Model Act by experts at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, explores why state drug rate-setting legislation and other cost containment approaches do not violate federal patent law and can withstand legal challenges. This […]

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    Virginia Cooperative Promotes Evidence-Based, Prevention Improvements in Primary Care

    Virginia Cooperative Promotes Evidence-Based, Prevention Improvements in Primary Care

    Years can pass before providers fully integrate evidence-based approaches that can saves lives and provide more cost-effective care into their practices. To speed that process, NASHP worked with Virginia’s EvidenceNOW cooperative to share findings from that initiative’s effort to promote evidence-based primary care prevention with 1,500 small- to mid-sized primary care practices in 12 states. […]

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    States Develop New Approaches to Improve Population Health Through Accountable Health Models

    In this time of changing federal health priorities, state health policymakers play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of poverty and inequity so everyone can live healthy, prosperous lives. Many state leaders, with federal support, are implementing community-wide prevention initiatives that acknowledge that health is affected by factors that extend beyond clinical care. Policymakers […]

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    Case Studies: Innovative State Programs That Promote Children’s Health

    Case Studies: Innovative State Programs That Promote Children’s Health

    Many states use innovative approaches in their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid programs to improve the quality of pediatric care and preventive services. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal and Child Health, NASHP has developed several case studies that highlight successful initiatives […]

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    Learn How States Can Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Promote Public Health

    Learn How States Can Blend, Braid, and Use Block Grant Funds to Promote Public Health

    As federal officials hint at overwhelming changes in how state health programs will be funded in the future, policymakers are strategizing how to reconfigure their programs to take advantage of the promised brave new world of flexibility and realigned funding. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the de Beaumont Foundation, and the Association […]

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    December 12, 2017 | Filed under: Community Health, Front Page, Landing Page, Publications

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    Frequently Asked Questions about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    Updated December 2017 The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted in 1997 under Title XXI of the Social Security Act and has since provided critical health coverage to children in families with low to moderate incomes. In federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016,[1] more than 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP.[2] This fact sheet […]

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    December 8, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, CHIP Featured, Front Page, Publications

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    States Work to Improve Care for Children with Special Health Needs with Quality Measurement

    States Work to Improve Care for Children with Special Health Needs with Quality Measurement

    Improving the quality of care that children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) receive is a growing priority for state Medicaid programs. However, many quality improvement efforts are in their infancy as states work to overcome the challenges of measuring and assessing care quality for this vulnerable population. NASHP, with support from the […]

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    The Dormant Commerce Clause: What Impact Does It Have on the Regulation of Pharmaceutical Costs?

    When states pass laws designed to control prescription drug costs, the pharmaceutical industry often responds with lawsuits claiming states are hindering interstate commerce and violating the federal Dormant Commerce Clause (DCC). NASHP’s legal experts believe states can craft drug cost policies that can withstand industry challenges. This brief by Anna Zaret and Darien Shankse provides insight and […]

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    Community Health Worker Resources for States

    As states transform their health systems, many are turning to community health workers (CHWs) to improve health outcomes and access to care, address social determinants of health, and help control costs of care. While state definitions vary, CHWs are typically frontline workers who are trusted members of and/or have a unique and intimate understanding of […]

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