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State Legislative Action on Pharmaceutical Prices

*Updated August 9, 2017* As part of our Pharmacy Cost Work Group, an ongoing project that looks beyond the strategies currently used in states to identify and develop new ideas which address the growing problem of prescription drug costs, NASHP has been tracking state legislative actions to control the rising cost of prescription drugs. This series of […]

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  • Publications

    A Primer on Opportunities for Medicaid-Safety Net Collaboration The prevalence of substance abuse disorders in the United States has increased dramatically in the past 15 years with catastrophic consequences, especially in rural regions of the United States. Deaths and injuries from illegal opioid and heroin use are more prevalent in rural states, and death from […]

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    September 12, 2016 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Front Page, Medicaid, National, North Carolina, Publications
  • The high prevalence of uncontrolled asthma among child populations served by Medicaid programs and the associated rising costs often are the impetus for states to improve the quality of care provided to children with asthma. New opportunities to comprehensively address asthma and its triggers are emerging through state and national health care delivery system and […]

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  • Publications

    The early years of a child’s life are critical for growth and development. Identifying developmental delays early and providing appropriate referral and treatment can help prevent more severe issues as well as considerable costs. State Medicaid agencies can play an important role in promoting early identification of developmental delays by reimbursing and tracking the use […]

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  • Publications

    Although most Medicaid agencies cover services that can be used as alternatives to opioids for pain management, significantly fewer states have policies or procedures in place to encourage their use. Between March and June 2016, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) conducted a survey of all 51 Medicaid agencies to determine the extent […]

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    September 2, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Long Term and Chronic Care, Medicaid, Publications
  • Publications

    Health coverage transitions—sometimes referred to as churn—have always existed to some degree, but with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there are additional possibilities for churning to occur across multiple coverage sources. This new NASHP brief examines current efforts in some states to measure these coverage transitions and provides broader context on the issue of churn. […]

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    August 8, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Publications
  • State Strategies for Promoting Children’s Preventive Services
    Maps

    *Map and chart updated as of September 28, 2016* States have the option of implementing performance measurement, incentives or improvement projects, often as part of broad health system transformation efforts, to promote children and adolescents’ access to preventive services. This series of maps and accompanying chart illustrate state-specific Medicaid or CHIP performance improvement projects, measures, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Evidence reviews are powerful tools that allow health policymakers to direct resources to certain options that outperform others. Evidence-informed approaches can optimize coverage decisions, increase performance on quality improvement measures, and drive effective responses to major challenges. One way states are utilizing these evidence-informed approaches is in addressing the opioid crisis. The Agency Medical Directors’ […]

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    July 28, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Oregon, State Health Policy Blog, Washington
  • State Health Policy Blog

    State-run all-payer claims databases (APCDs) are a critical public resource and serve a unique function in the current era of health care reform. APCDs, which are operating in 18 states, provide fair and equal access to independently validated data that can both support evidence-based policymaking as well as help patients navigate the health care system. […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Congress passed the final version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) on July 13. Major provisions within CARA will expand access to overdose rescue medication (naloxone) and medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders. CARA authorizes or reauthorizes a number of grant programs for states to build infrastructure and provider capacity to […]

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    July 18, 2016 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, State Health Policy Blog