Massachusetts

Q&A: How Massachusetts Uses Its Medicaid IMD Waiver to Improve Substance Use Disorder Treatment

In 2016, only 3.8 million of the 21 million Americans with substance use disorder (SUD) received treatment. As the opioid crisis persists, states have been working to identify new SUD treatment approaches, but the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion has historically put certain residential health care facilities out of reach for many Medicaid […]

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  • Lawrence, Massachusetts, Keeps the Community at the Center of Hospital Community Benefits
    Publications

    Lawrence, Massachusetts, a city that has struggled with poverty and poor health, is now a Culture of Health Prize winner due in part to state policies that bolster the city’s efforts to advance health equity and address social needs. These supportive state policies include guidelines governing the local hospital’s community health needs assessments, its community […]

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    October 17, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Massachusetts, Publications
  • 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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  • 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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  • Webinars

    2 to 3 p.m. (EST), Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 Download webinar slides | View webinar With effective repeal of the federal individual insurance mandate scheduled for 2019, many state policymakers are exploring ways to stabilize their insurance markets, including creating a state-based mandate similar to one in Massachusetts. This NASHP webinar included a deep dive […]

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    January 30, 2018 | Filed under: Maryland, Massachusetts, Webinars, Webinars
  • Publications,State Health Policy Blog

    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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  • Toolkit: State Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV
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  • On Monday, July 10th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a tally of issuer submissions to offer individual market coverage through the Federally-facilitated Exchange. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) conducted an analysis of preliminary rate filings for states that have opted to run a State-based Exchange (SBE), finding that […]

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  • The following information is paired with our blog, Emerging Themes in Proposed State Medicaid Waivers. Key Pending Waiver Requests for ACA Medicaid Expansion Eligibility Groups Seeking to add work requirements as a condition of eligibility: Arizona (20 hours/week for school/job training; unspecified for employment or job search) Arkansas (80 hours/month) Indiana (Average of 20 hours/week) Kentucky […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Increasingly states are focused on the critical role social determinants play in health, and public coverage programs play a key role in this focus. For more than 20 years, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has worked in coordination with state Medicaid programs to serve the health needs of low-income children. States are leveraging Medicaid […]

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