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State health policymakers know that improving health and controlling costs sometimes requires investment outside the bounds of medical care. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this brief explores Louisiana’s permanent supportive housing program. The program, administered jointly by the state’s Medicaid agency and housing authority, is a cross-agency partnership that braids funding to […]

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  • Publications

    In light of Mental Health Awareness month, it is important to highlight that a significant number of children and youth experience mental health issues. According to research, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and depression is the second most prevalent behavioral health disorder among Medicaid-enrolled children. State Medicaid programs […]

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  • Publications

    Through the State Innovation Model initiative, health home state plan option, and other Medicaid authorities, states have made significant investments to develop and implement payment and delivery system reforms that better integrate the physical and behavioral health systems. Rather than adopting specific integrated care models, states may benefit from taking a broader approach that builds […]

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  • A statement from NASHP Executive Director Trish Riley “Focusing on the amendments to the AHCA diverts attention from the underlying legislation. Included there are significant cuts to coverage programs. Flexibility is not a synonym for savings. While state flexibility and the added funding for risk mitigation could create more efficiency and stimulate innovation, by itself […]

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    May 4, 2017 | Filed under: ACA, Front Page, Health Reform Hub, News & Media, Press Release
  • 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 Health Policy Blog

    Under the authority of Section 1115 demonstrations, some states have implemented Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs to improve care, improve health, and lower costs by incentivizing and supporting care delivery redesign that transitions away from episodic treatment toward prevention and management of health and wellness for low-income populations. DSRIP programs restructure Medicaid funding […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Earlier this spring, the Massachusetts Health Connector (Health Connector), the health insurance exchange of the commonwealth, announced that it would be joining Washington, D.C.’s, exchange, DC Health Link, in a first-of-its-kind collaboration to develop a joint platform for their small business exchanges. This partnership is an exciting example of the collaborative possibilities for states. By […]

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  • Publications

    The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted in 1997 under Title XXI of the Social Security Act and has since provided critical health coverage to children in families with low to moderate income. In FY2016 more than 8.9 million children were enrolled in CHIP[1]. This fact sheet is intended to provide an overview of […]

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    April 24, 2017 | Filed under: Children's Health, Front Page, Publications
  • Publications

    An evidence-based approach to policymaking enables states to direct health care resources toward the clinical care and health service delivery models most likely to deliver the results state health policymakers seek: better health outcomes through the efficient stewardship of public funds. As states face changing priorities and rising health care costs there is additional pressure […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The urgency to stabilize the individual markets is palpable in the states. Insurers will begin filing preliminary rates for 2018 next month and are developing those rates in a period of uncertainty. Will cost sharing reductions continue? Will there be some help to stabilize the market, calm jittery insurers and assure that consumers in every […]

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