Vermont

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its third annual evaluation of the State Innovation Model (SIM) Round One Test States, which analyzes the ability of states to use policy and regulatory levers to drive statewide health care transformation. The evaluation, completed by a team of researchers from RTI International, the Urban […]

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  • Lowering Drug Costs: Transparency Legislation Sets Off Flurry of New State Approaches
    State Health Policy Blog

    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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  • On Monday, July 10th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a tally of issuer submissions to offer individual market coverage through the Federally-facilitated Exchange. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) conducted an analysis of preliminary rate filings for states that have opted to run a State-based Exchange (SBE), finding that […]

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  • Wednesday, October 25th 9:15AM-10:45AM Under a new Administration, there has been increased focus on the need for more flexible federal funding for state health programs. This session examines the implications of braiding, blending, or block granting traditional Medicaid and public health funding streams to support population health goals. Speakers share their own states’ braiding and […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Post-election, federal leaders are debating changes to the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and whether it will continue in light of the goals put forth by the incoming Administration. Meanwhile, open enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces is in full swing, with some states reporting increased or record enrollment figures during these first weeks of enrollment […]

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  • Policymakers in Congress are considering the role of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the context of health coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Federal funding for CHIP is due to end in September, 2015 without Congressional action. To help inform these federal legislative discussions, the leadership of the House Committee […]

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  • For 2014 legislative activity and other Medicaid expansion updates, see State Refor(u)m’s Medicaid expansion map. At State Refor(u)m, we are continuing to track state Medicaid expansion activities. This revised chart includes additional details on key elements of Medicaid expansion bills that have been introduced in state legislatures, such as proposals to provide coverage to the […]

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  • When open enrollment begins on October 1, consumers will be able to select and purchase health coverage online through a state-based exchange or the federal marketplace. This chart provides useful links to the web portals, where consumers can purchase coverage, as well as links to relevant agency websites containing exchange policy and consumer assistance-related information. […]

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  • Due to the ACA’s new eligibility verification rules, states have developed plans outlining Medicaid and CHIP eligibility verification procedures. This chart highlights key elements from states’ verification plans, such as which eligibility factors are verified through electronic data and the specific data sources states are using, as well as whether self-attestation is accepted for some eligibility […]

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  • With open enrollment underway, exchanges are mobilizing their efforts to provide assistance to individuals who will begin enrolling in coverage options in October. This chart highlights the approaches states have taken to develop education and training for the individuals who will provide enrollment assistance through Navigator, In-Person Assister (IPA) and Certified Application Counselor (CAC) programs. […]

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