Front Page

When it comes to prevention, identification, and mitigation of public health crises states are at the forefront. These crises require a multi-sector state agency approach as often they disproportionally impact disadvantaged communities and are linked with challenging social determinants of health. The conversation regarding preparation and mitigation of these disasters has received increased national attention […]

Read More
  • Nearly 40 states have a system of risk appropriate perinatal care. A series of new resources explore Medicaid’s role as an important partner in developing perinatal regionalization policies and strategies given its significant investments in a disproportionate share of high-risk births and flexibility in the range and scope of services covered. Case studies of California and Georgia demonstrate how state […]

    Read More
    January 17, 2017 | Filed under: California, Front Page, Georgia, Landing Page, Maternal Health, Parents
  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an eye-opening study this past week, indicating that utilization of emergency department (ED) services due to behavioral health conditions increased sharply from 2006 to 2013. The brief “Trends in Emergency Department Visits Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders,” highlights a 52 percent increase in ED utilization […]

    Read More
  • Prescription Drug Cost Management Resources
    Toolkits

    ___________________________________________________________________________________ State Legislation Action on Pharmaceutical Prices As the 2017 state legislative sessions kick off, NASHP is continuing our work tracking legislative action on pharmaceutical pricing. Last year, states introduced dozens of bills on pharmaceutical prices, and the trend is expected to continue in 2017.  A series of maps and accompanying chart summarize state legislation […]

    Read More
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Amidst discussion of repealing, delaying, and replacing the ACA, what’s ahead for health reform is uncertain, but may be informed by reflection on what’s gone before. In January 2000, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) convened a bipartisan group of state health policy leaders to discuss lessons learned from 25 years of state […]

    Read More
    January 3, 2017 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    States have made great strides in improving children’s oral health, this includes a greater number accessing the dentist and a decline in untreated caries—tooth decay. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), which insure our nation’s most vulnerable populations, have played an important role by covering dental benefits for children. Some Medicaid agencies opted […]

    Read More
  • Publications

    The case for an integrated approach to care—one that can seamlessly and collaboratively address patients’ physical and behavioral health needs—is compelling. Individuals with behavioral health conditions, either a mental health diagnosis, a substance use disorder, or both, are some of the Medicaid’s most costly enrollees.[i] Analyses indicate this subset of high-cost enrollees typically has a […]

    Read More
    January 3, 2017 | Filed under: Front Page, Payment Reform, Publications
  • State Health Policy Blog

    The 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”), signed into law on December 13, 2016, is being heralded as landmark legislation for biomedical innovation. Cures funds new research, streamlines the development of new drugs, and supports the interoperability of health information systems. State policymakers, however, may want to focus their attention on Cures’ myriad behavioral health provisions, […]

    Read More
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Following on the heels of our Leader’s Summit, held in October, last night NASHP convened our Academy members in a national issues forum teleconference to update each other and discuss emerging concerns and opportunities. From that discussion, several themes emerged: The uncertainty of policy direction confounds states and markets and leads to instability As policy […]

    Read More
    December 6, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    High-profile diseases such as Ebola and Zika grab headlines, but state health policymakers know that emergency preparedness begins long before the first news stories—or symptoms—appear. Preparedness and response often includes cross-sector work that addresses the intersections between public health infectious disease strategy and state Medicaid and emergency management policies. At the nexus of federal policy […]

    Read More