Utah

State Strategies for Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Care coordination is an essential component of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). When successfully implemented, it can improve care, reduce costs, avoid fragmented and duplicative care, and improve family functioning and satisfaction. As states work to provide quality care coordination, many are adopting shared plans of care (SPoC) to […]

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  • Why Shared Plans of Care Are Critical to Coordinated Care and How States Are Implementing Them
    State Health Policy Blog

    Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) can require significant care coordination across a continuum of health and social services. Improved care coordination for CYSHCN can lead to better outcomes for CYSHCN, as well as cost savings for states. To achieve those goals, state Medicaid agencies and Title V CYSHCN programs are increasingly […]

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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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  • Four More States Submit Bills to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada
    State Health Policy Blog

    As states pursue a wide range of legislation to address rising drug costs, four more states have joined Utah and Vermont to introduce bills to import prescription drugs from Canada through a state-run, wholesale operation. This market-based approach to providing more affordable medicines from Canada, where prescription drugs cost on average 30 percent less than […]

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  • Innovative Community Health Worker Strategies: Medicaid Payment Models for Community Health Worker Home Visits
    State Health Policy Blog

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  • Publications

    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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  • Utah’s Norman Thurston Takes a Red State Approach to Lower Rx Costs with a Bill to Import Drugs from Canada
    State Health Policy Blog

    For more than a decade, Utah State Legislator and Director of the Office of Health Care Statistics Norman Thurston has worked to reform his state’s health care system, including its Medicaid program, and is considered one of the state’s “go-to” health care policymakers. Thurston, a Republican, has worked to reduce state spending on prescription drugs and […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    With 80 bills introduced in 2017, there is a high level of interest in pharmaceutical pricing among state legislators. However, despite legislative sessions wrapping up, very few laws have been enacted. To date, bills have passed in Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, New York, and Utah. In 2016, Vermont led the way with a price transparency […]

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  • 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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  • State Health Policy Blog

    As 2015 comes to a close, Medicaid expansion activity in states has not slowed down. Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid, and six of these states have chosen to pursue waivers to implement alternative versions of expansion. As the new year approaches, a number of additional states are considering options […]

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