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State Strategies to Address Rising Prices Caused by Health Care Consolidations

Foreward by Trish Riley, NASHP Executive Director The debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the stability of the individual health insurance markets masks a bigger issue–the underlying cost of health care. From NASHP’s Center for State Rx Drug Pricing to our work on value-based purchasing and alternative payment methods, we support states […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    As Congress returns from its summer break, the country is two months away from the start of open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplace, leaving little time for policymakers to develop solutions for 2018. With bipartisan hearings on market stabilization scheduled, this blog examines how different approaches to calculating risk could help state […]

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  • jlaudano@nashp.org Full text of the letter is available here. Today, Executive Directors from twelve health insurance marketplaces sent a letter to leadership of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee detailing consensus strategies to bring immediate stability to the individual market. The state-based marketplaces (SBMs) and state-based marketplaces operating on the federal platform (SBM-FP) […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    We are five weeks away from September 30th, the date current federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to end. Although states can use some of the unspent federal funds that were previously allocated to them, it is projected that those funds will be exhausted during the next fiscal year, beginning […]

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  • Lowering Drug Costs: Transparency Legislation Sets Off Flurry of New State Approaches
    State Health Policy Blog

    Responding to rapidly rising drug costs, 30 states across the country have drafted more than 60 drug price transparency bills designed to: Identify the costs that contribute to drug manufacturer expenses and list prices And unveil the often opaque business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). In addition to promoting pricing transparency, as of early […]

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  • Cost Sharing Reduction Debate: Why This Matters and How States Are Preparing for an Uncertain Future
    State Health Policy Blog

    An update on CSRs – Aug. 18 Since publication of this blog, two major developments have occurred. The White House indicated that the Administration will make CSR payments for August. The Administration has not commented about future payments; the next is due Sept. 20. On Aug. 15, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis […]

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  • After recent failed efforts to pass a health care repeal or replace bill, Congress spent much of last week re-grouping on a future healthcare strategy. While most current signals point to the likely end of a full ACA legislative repeal effort, there is pervasive recognition that there are issues that need to be urgently addressed […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    As policy makers debate the future of health care, the twelve state-based marketplaces (SBMs) and five state marketplaces using the federal platform (SBM-FPs) have proven themselves sustainable, solvent examples of how state flexibility can be leveraged to bridge public and private interests to improve lives and drive stable markets. As a result of these efforts, states […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    As we enter into August, there is increased pressure on states because federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) remains uncertain beyond September 30, which means states are now facing critical decision points. States do not know if and when Congress will continue funding CHIP and even if federal funds are extended will […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is being considered under a special legislative process known as budget reconciliation, which limits debate and allows a bill to pass with a simple majority. Reconciliation rules include the Byrd Rule requiring that bills passed through this process only include changes that directly affect the federal budget. On July […]

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