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Budgets are important windows into the priorities of an administration. While the White House budget for FY 2018 proposes some targeted infrastructure investments,[i] it also proposes to reduce funding for public health infrastructure and services. The budget proposed by the White House is expected to change in Congress; however, it is important for states to […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Under the current administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has signaled a willingness to evaluate new types of Medicaid proposals from states. Specifically, in March of this year CMS indicated that the agency would consider Medicaid waiver applications that include programs to connect individuals to employment or incorporate features of private market […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    In its May 30, 2017 decision Impression Products, Inc. v Lexmark International Inc., the Supreme Court ruled that patent law cannot be used to prevent the resale of products back into the United States. The Court case specifically concerned printer toner cartridges, but it is an important ruling in the context of the domestic policy […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Increasingly states are focused on the critical role social determinants play in health, and public coverage programs play a key role in this focus. For more than 20 years, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has worked in coordination with state Medicaid programs to serve the health needs of low-income children. States are leveraging Medicaid […]

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  • 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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  • 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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    April 18, 2017 | Filed under: ACA, Blog Posts, Front Page, Maine, State Health Policy Blog
  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a highly anticipated update to 42 CFR Part 2, the regulation that governs sharing patient information by federally-designated substance use disorder (SUD) providers. The rule is timely: SUD has become a major cost driver, and many state policymakers are focused on the integration of […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to end this September, and without Congressional action, states will soon confront significant fiscal challenges. If states exhaust their federal CHIP funds, those with separate CHIP programs can cap enrollment and take steps to close their CHIP programs. States that operate Medicaid expansion CHIP […]

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