State of State speeches provide governors with an opportunity to highlight recent policy successes as well as outline key plans and issue areas of focus for the coming year. These speeches are generally strong indicators of governors’ main priorities and sometimes also include specific proposal suggestions and funding recommendations for deliberation by legislatures. Currently, 31 […]

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  • The Accountable Health Communities initiative recently announced by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) holds promise for helping communities bridge the gap between health care and social services. This important work has the potential to improve health in communities by addressing food insecurity, housing instability, and other social determinants of health.  Although the […]

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  • The Round Two State Innovation Model (SIM) Test Awards granted by HHS to eleven states (Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio, Tennessee, and Washington) support state efforts to build multi-payer models of health system transformation. As noted in a previous analysis, population health improvement is an important component of the […]

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    November 24, 2015 | Filed under: Charts, Population Health, State Refor(u)m
  • According to U.S. Census Bureau Report, Uninsured Rates Drop in All 50 States and the District of Columbia

    Health insurance numbers released from the U.S. Census Bureau show decreases in the rate of the uninsured in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These numbers, which cover calendar year 2013 and calendar year 2014, allow us for the first time to look at how the policies of the Affordable Care Act have […]

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    September 16, 2015 | Filed under: Charts, State Exchanges, State Exchanges Maps and Charts
  • Retail Enrollment Centers

    With the ACA’s introduction of open enrollment periods for health coverage programs, the time was right for innovative outreach models to reach new populations. Retail enrollment centers (also called “pop-up retail shops”) were one outreach and enrollment tool developed by states that has shown early promising results. In the first two years of ACA open […]

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    July 21, 2015 | Filed under: Charts, State Exchanges, State Exchanges Maps and Charts
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Last week’s ruling in King v. Burwell affirmed the provision of tax-subsidies through the federally-facilitated marketplace (FFM), a decision which may have affected over 6.4 million Americans currently receiving subsidies in the 34 states that have opted for the FFM model. The ruling has asserted the place of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with state […]

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    June 30, 2015 | Filed under: Charts, State Exchanges, State Health Policy Blog
  • Tax Reconciliation Cheat Sheet

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes health insurance coverage more affordable for many Americans by providing federal premium tax credits (PTC) to eligible individuals purchasing a qualified health plan (QHP) through a health insurance marketplace with individual income below $46,680 in 2014 (or households earning under 400% of the federal poverty line). To help make […]

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    April 2, 2015 | Filed under: Charts, State Exchanges, State Exchanges Maps and Charts
  • Renewal Strategies during the 2nd Open Enrollment Season

    During the second year of open enrollment in marketplaces, for the first time states renewed current enrollees alongside new customers. Renewing coverage for existing enrollees is essential to avoid coverage gaps, but state approaches to renewals and re-enrollment in marketplace coverage varied. This chart looks at how states handled Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC) and […]

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    January 24, 2015 | Filed under: Charts, State Exchanges, State Exchanges Maps and Charts
  • As we noted in a previous analysis, the State Innovation Model (SIM) Testing Awards that HHS awarded to six states (Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont) were to support states’ work on multi-payer payment and delivery system reform. Strategies to improve the population’s health were a critical aspect of the SIM awards. The SIM […]

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    November 19, 2014 | Filed under: Charts, Population Health, State Refor(u)m
  • This chart highlights marketplace policy decisions related to pediatric dental coverage for the 2014 plan year.  It tracks the kinds of pediatric dental products that marketplaces solicited and offered on the marketplace in 2014, particularly whether dental benefits were offered through stand-alone dental products (SADP), as “bundled” products that paired a specific SADP and a qualified […]

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    July 17, 2014 | Filed under: Charts, Population Health, State Refor(u)m