Pennsylvania

Lowering Drug Costs: Transparency Legislation Sets Off Flurry of New State Approaches

Responding to rapidly rising drug costs, 30 states across the country have drafted more than 60 drug price transparency bills designed to: Identify the costs that contribute to drug manufacturer expenses and list prices And unveil the often opaque business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). In addition to promoting pricing transparency, as of early […]

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  • The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) in collaboration with Covered California today released a new report, Barely Covered: Initial Analysis of Coverage and Affordability Impacts to Consumers Under the Proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act, and 50-state interactive tool that compare the costs and comprehensiveness of coverage under the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The American Health Care Act, which proposes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would dismantle the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). States received over $625 million from the PPHF in fiscal year 2016,[i] and stand to lose more than $3 billion over five years if it is repealed.[ii] The bill would […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Webinars

    Date: April 29, 2016 Time: 1:00 PM (ET) View the Webinar View the Webinar Slides An increasing number of states are using managed care approaches to deliver Medicaid dental services. In this webinar, state policymakers from Kentucky, Arizona, and Pennsylvania—three states that administer Medicaid benefits through managed care contracts that include both medical and dental services—share […]

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    April 11, 2016 | Filed under: Arizona, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Webinars
  • State of State speeches provide governors with an opportunity to highlight recent policy successes as well as outline key plans and issue areas of focus for the coming year. These speeches are generally strong indicators of governors’ main priorities and sometimes also include specific proposal suggestions and funding recommendations for deliberation by legislatures. Currently, 31 […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    As 2015 comes to a close, Medicaid expansion activity in states has not slowed down. Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid, and six of these states have chosen to pursue waivers to implement alternative versions of expansion. As the new year approaches, a number of additional states are considering options […]

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  • Publications

    Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have reporting systems that collect information from hospitals and other facilities about adverse medical events resulting in patient death or serious harm. With support from Massachusetts’ Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction, NASHP surveyed officials representing each of these reporting systems, and conducted follow-up […]

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  • In Pennsylvania: As of July 1, 2011, there were 2,134,956 individuals enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medical Assistance; 1,152,069 of these individuals received physical and dental services through one of 12 Medicaid-only managed care organizations through the state’s managed care program, HealthChoices. 302,300 Medical Assistance recipients not served by HealthChoices received physical health services […]

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    September 23, 2014 | Filed under: Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania’s Chronic Care Initiative (CCI) began as a project of the state’s Chronic Care Commission, which former Governor Ed Rendell created by Executive Order in 2007. Phase I of CCI (2008-2011), which combines elements of Wagner’s Chronic Care Model and the patient-centered medical home, was staged in seven regional rollouts. The program model varied regionally during Phase I, with […]

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    April 1, 2014 | Filed under: Pennsylvania