• How States Address Social Determinants of Health in Their Medicaid Contracts and Contract Guidance Documents

    To encourage investments in population health, states are increasingly using levers available in their managed care and value-based contracts to address social determinants of health, such as housing and employment. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Academy for State Health Policy examined Medicaid contracts and contract guidance documents in 11 states […]

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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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  • How Six States Use Medicaid Managed Care to Serve Children with Special Health Care Needs

    Medicaid managed care provides a unique opportunity for states to strengthen the structure and delivery of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), studied how six states (Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia) designed their managed care systems to serve CYSHCN and […]

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  • States’ Prescription Drug Transparency Laws Open the Black Box of Drug Pricing
    State Health Policy Blog

    Several states have passed drug price transparency laws that require drug makers to report the reasons behind dramatic price increases. These laws are an important first step to shine a light on why drug prices are rapidly climbing. To address a problem, state health policymakers need to understand it, but transparency laws don’t yet give […]

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  • How Governors Addressed Health Care in Their 2018 State of the State Addresses

    Click here for a chart comparing the health topics each governor addressed. In their state of the state speeches, governors highlight policy successes and outline key proposals they want their legislatures to address. This year, governors highlighted health care issues such as Medicaid, behavioral health, and the opioid epidemic as policy priorities in these speeches. […]

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  • State Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment (Plan Selections) 2017 and 2018

    Press Release: Individual Marketplace Enrollment Remains Stable in the Face of National Uncertainty Click here to view or download .pdf version of chart.         [1] State-based marketplaces (SBM) design their enrollment websites, control outreach and marketing, and manage the health plans offered through the marketplace. This data came from publically available sources […]

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    February 7, 2018 | Filed under: Charts, Front Page
  • A Snapshot of State Proposals to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements Nationwide

    *Updated Dec. 11, 2018 Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new policy allowing states to implement work and community engagement requirements for certain Medicaid enrollees. States must seek federal approval to require non-elderly, non-pregnant, and non-disabled adults to meet these requirements to qualify for full or partial Medicaid coverage. This chart summarizes […]

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    January 29, 2018 | Filed under: Charts, Featured, Front Page, Medicaid
  • State Legislative Action to Lower Pharmaceutical Costs

    *Updated Oct. 4, 2018* Find the status of state legislation to curb prescription drugs below. Use the category button to search by type of legislation or click on a state to view its drug bills. Click here to view a chart listing legislation by state. View state action in 2017 and 2015-2016. Know about a bill to add or have information to […]

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  • Below, we provide enrollment information, broken out by new enrollees and re-enrollees, for states operating State-based Marketplaces (SBMs), states operating State-based Marketplaces on the federal platform (SBM-FPs), and states using the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) during the 2016-17 Open Enrollment Period (November 1, 2016-January 31, 2017). [1] This includes data from the 2017 Open Enrollment Period […]

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    August 2, 2017 | Filed under: Charts, Insurance Exchanges, State Exchanges