Medicaid

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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  • 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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  • Publications

    NASHP is featuring a series of case studies highlighting innovative community health worker (CHW) programs across the country, and its debut study published this week examines My Health GPS in Washington, DC. This feature explores the program’s financing, health home model, and the role of community health workers in the program. Read more. NASHP recently updated […]

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  • In the US, employment does not guarantee health insurance, and many people cannot afford to buy it on their own. So they will lean on public health coverage and assistance programs: Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Basic Health Programs, or premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions through ACA marketplace plans. But which of […]

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    November 6, 2017 | Filed under: Eligibility and Enrollment, Insurance Exchanges SR, Medicaid
  • Webinars

    2 to 3 p.m. (EST), Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 Quality measurement is a critical component of all state Medicaid programs. As health reform efforts expand and children’s health quality measurement efforts become more advanced, federal and state interest in quality improvement for children with chronic and complex health care needs is increasing. Quality measurement and […]

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    October 30, 2017 | Filed under: Medicaid, Quality and Performance Measurement, Webinars, Webinars
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Congress missed the Sept. 30, 2017, deadline to extend federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), so there is currently no new or guaranteed future federal support for the program that covers an estimated 9 million children. There are two proposed bills to reauthorize CHIP – the Senate’s KIDS Act of 2017 and […]

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  • States Could Gain More Flexibility to Manage Medicaid Programs — What Can They Learn from the 1990s AFDC Flexibility Experience?
    State Health Policy Blog

    The new Administration has signaled a willingness to give states more flexibility to address health and prevention in new and innovative ways under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. This provision allows the Department of Health and Human Services to approve experimental and innovative projects that promote the goals of Medicaid. This comes at […]

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    October 10, 2017 | Filed under: Blog Posts, Front Page, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    Improving birth outcomes, including reducing infant mortality, is a priority for state Medicaid agencies that finance nearly half of all births each year. Three states have proven to be creative and effective laboratories in developing initiatives that use Medicaid payment and delivery reform strategies to lower costs, improve access to postpartum care, reward high-quality care, […]

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  • State Medicaid Agencies Venture into Value-Based Purchasing with Federally Qualified Health Centers
    State Health Policy Blog

    State Medicaid agencies have generally found it challenging to include federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in value-based purchasing initiatives because of a federal law passed in 2000 that regulates how state Medicaid programs pay FQHCs for the care they provide. State Medicaid agencies are required to reimburse FQHCs through the Prospective Payment System (PPS), a […]

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  • Publications

    State Medicaid agencies, which fund half of all births in the United States, are increasingly looking for ways to improve birth outcomes and maternal health while reducing costs by improving medical care and avoiding medically unnecessary cesarean sections. Two case studies from Wisconsin and Oklahoma show how these states successfully improved health care access and quality by […]

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    September 25, 2017 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oklahoma, Publications, Wisconsin, Women's Health