Last week, over 1,000 state health policy leaders and others from every state joined the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) first-ever virtual state health policy conference to discuss a path forward during an unrelenting pandemic and profound budget challenges. As one state official noted, “This was a chance to lift my eyes from […]
Through a unique partnership between the Iowa Medicaid and public health agencies, Iowa’s I-Smile program addresses the disproportionate impact of dental disease on low-income individuals. I-Smile and its related I-Smile @ School for children and I-Smile Silver for adults help promote preventive oral health services and reduce barriers to dental care across the state.
State Medicaid, children’s health insurance programs (CHIP) and health insurance marketplaces strive to prepare for an expected increase in the demand for their services as they navigate a world roiled by COVID-19, an economic downturn and ensuing budget crises, and unpredictable federal relief efforts.
The recent decision to shift daily data reported by hospital administrators about their capacity and hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) TeleTracking system has sparked concerns among state officials who are on the pandemic’s frontline, and infectious […]
To improve the quality of services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and reduce health care costs, states are implementing strategies to improve access to home health services. Of particular importance as states confront COVID-19-related budget challenges, home health services can help to avoid costly emergency department use, hospitalizations, and institutional […]
COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of American life, including access to health insurance coverage, which is critical during a pandemic. Job losses and reductions in hours have resulted in millions losing employer coverage or the income needed to pay premiums, forcing them to join the already sizeable ranks of the uninsured. State marketplaces have […]
Confronted with a pandemic that impacts the health of women and children – ranging from pregnancy and delivery to access to substance abuse treatment – a consortium of New Jersey state and health care experts launched a Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) initiative to share COVID-19 expertise between specialists and primary care to […]
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 […]
Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a proposed rule that would for the first time allow tax deductions for money spent for certain health care programs and arrangements, including direct primary care arrangements and health care sharing ministries.