State Health Policy Blog

More than 200 state health officials crowded into a National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) annual conference session recently to learn about strategies to improve population health and reduce costs while simultaneously transforming their state’s health care finance and delivery models. An Accountable Community for Health (ACH) is: An alliance of health care providers, […]

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  • How States Can Avoid Dormant Commerce Clause Legal Challenges When Regulating Drug Costs
    State Health Policy Blog

    New state laws designed to control the costs of brand-name and generic prescription drugs often face legal challenges from the pharmaceutical industry. These lawsuits can vary depending on the individual state law, but recent industry lawsuits analyzed by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) share a common legal thread – drug manufacturers and […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    State policymakers increasingly recognize the need to address the social determinants of health — housing, employment, education, and income — to reduce health care costs and improve population health. Educational attainment, for example, provides dividends for overall health. People with higher levels of education generally live longer and experience healthier lives. The quality of education […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two informational bulletins detailing a new, streamlined approach for the review and management of Section 1115 demonstrations and state plan amendments and 1915 waivers. The streamlined approach, which CMS promised to undertake last March, is significant for states because it may enhance their ability […]

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    November 7, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released proposed changes in its annual the rule that governs standards for issuers and the health insurance marketplaces. The annual notice is one of the most significant tools the Administration wields in shaping the health insurance markets and this proposed notice carries significant implications for […]

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    November 7, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    In the last two weeks, there has been a flurry of federal and state activity focused on the nation’s opioid epidemic that currently kills more Americans than guns or car accidents. In Washington, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its final report featuring 56 recommendations to stem opioid and […]

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    November 7, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    How long would you drive your car with its gasoline gauge on empty when it’s full of people you care about as you speed along a highway? That was the analogy used by Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid officials during National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) annual conference held late last month. […]

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  • Better Together: How Cross-Agency Data Sharing Can Improve the Care Continuum for People Living with HIV/AIDS
    State Health Policy Blog

    Sharing health data about people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) across state agencies can be challenging, but evidence shows working through the related legal and technical barriers can be worth it. Successfully sharing data allows states to assess how well clinical and supportive care services are addressing the needs of their population. Virologic Suppression: When antiretroviral […]

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    October 31, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Georgia, State Health Policy Blog
  • 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

    PORTLAND, OR – State health officials shared wide-ranging innovations in their uphill battle against the opioid epidemic that is sweeping their states at the opening day of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) 30th State Health Policy Conference. Officials explained they are experimenting with new strategies that use data, new treatment approaches, and […]

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    October 24, 2017 | Filed under: 2017 Conference, Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog