Governor Sisolak signed legislation last week that gives Nevada the authority to establish a public option that is intended to provide consumers with comprehensive, but lower cost health insurance. The second state to enact such a law (Washington was first in 2019), Nevada is tasked with creating state-designed coverage to be administered by private insurers that are required to reduce premiums by addressing high health care costs.
Upstream factors such as access to nutritious food, education, and transportation drive inequities in oral health and health outcomes. States are working to improve the oral and physical health of Medicaid enrollees and to reduce costs by addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) in their managed care medical and dental contracts. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently convened state leaders to discuss emerging opportunities for addressing SDOH related to oral health and ways to leverage existing […]
Updated May 11, 2021 This chart describes the regular and special enrollment periods when individuals may sign up for health insurance coverage through either the federal marketplace (healthcare.gov, which 36 states use) or state-operated marketplaces (used by 14 states and Washington, DC). This chart describes the regular and special enrollment periods when individuals may sign […]
Family members provide significant amounts of care to relatives with complex needs, including those who are Medicaid enrollees.
Older adults, people with disabilities, and their family caregivers have been hard hit by COVID 19. As states reel from the pandemic’s human and fiscal toll, policymakers are increasingly looking to home- and community-based services (HCBS) to address the pressing need for alternatives to nursing home care and supporting family caregivers who can help loved […]
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 […]
Many states are transforming their health care delivery systems to improve health and control costs. Reducing health disparities — and addressing their social and economic causes — is at the heart of many of these efforts.