By leveraging federal Medicaid funding and state investment while simultaneously clarifying complex billing procedures and enhancing engagement with providers, Arizona has made remarkable progress in increasing student access to critical school-based behavioral health services. Arizona’s efforts to improve school behavioral health services began in 2018 when its state legislature allocated $3 million from the state’s […]
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About Anita Cardwell
Anita Cardwell joined NASHP in March 2013 and focuses on projects related to children’s coverage and access issues as well as health reform. Prior to joining NASHP, she worked at the National Association of Counties on a wide range of health topics, including providing information to county officials and staff about health reform implementation. She has also worked for the National Academy of Social Insurance, volunteered through AmeriCorps and interned with the Children’s Defense Fund and the Oregon State Senate. She has a BA in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MPP with a certificate in health policy from Johns Hopkins University.
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Despite a federal rule change that allows states to bill Medicaid for school-based physical and behavioral health services provided to all Medicaid-enrolled students, many states struggle to overcome the persistent and complex billing challenges associated with receiving Medicaid reimbursement for delivery of these critical services. To access additional Medicaid funds to expand school-based behavioral health […]
Last week, the House passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The $1.9 trillion relief package’s current proposals would change health coverage programs, including Medicaid, health insurance marketplaces, and continuation coverage offered through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). If enacted, the changes could have significant ramifications for states and individuals served by these […]
Governors use their annual state of the state addresses to showcase recent successes and define their policy priorities for the year ahead. By late February, 45 governors had delivered speeches outlining plans to address a wide range of health and related issues in the coming months. All mentioned their states’ responses to COVID-19, frequently praising […]
Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of California v. Texas about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate to purchase health insurance coverage, which some states are challenging because Congress eliminated the tax penalty associated with the mandate. Based on the justices’ questions during oral arguments, […]
The Supreme Court decision in the California vs. Texas case challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could impact all or just a few of its policies and programs with far-reaching consequences for states. This NASHP slide deck describes the ACA’s major provisions, state implementation of the act, and potential implications if the ACA is overturned […]
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Georgia’s Pathways to Coverage Section 1115 waiver request, allowing for a limited expansion of Medicaid that provides coverage to individuals ages 19 to 64 earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL).
While the federal COVID-19 public health emergency – which allows for a range of state and federal policy flexibilities in programs such as Medicaid – was recently extended, considering the significant number of pandemic-related policies that states have implemented, officials need to begin preparing now for the eventual end of the emergency. Currently, there is […]
As states loosen restrictions on stay-at-home orders, many are struggling to establish clear and consistent COVID-19 testing protocols to support individuals’ safe return to work and school and identify ways to pay for increased testing. Absent federal guidance, there is significant debate about who is responsible for funding testing – insurers argue a test must be medically necessary and employers […]
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes a Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit of $600 a week, which supplements traditional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and provides an important source of additional financial support for individuals who qualify for these payments. However, as highlighted in NASHP’s April 6, 2020 blog, Federal Guidance Needed to […]