Inequities in oral health and health outcomes are driven by upstream factors, including diet, education, transportation, and access to care. A growing number of states are working to improve the oral and physical health of Medicaid enrollees and reduce costs by addressing these social determinants of health in their managed care contracts.
Governors can control costs, advance their priorities, and enhance lives by improving the social and economic conditions that make up 80 percent of the factors affecting their residents’ health. Governors are uniquely positioned to maximize state resources to address the conditions affecting health by leading cross-agency and public-private collaborations, leveraging siloed state resources, and advancing evidence-based health policy approaches.
The landmark $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), enacted last week, includes critically important new funding to help states in their fight to combat COVID-19. Governors and legislatures, most adjourned to comply with social distancing bans on public gatherings, will need to make quick but informed decisions about how best to […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the Lewin Group and its partners, which includes the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), a seven-year contract to support implementation and monitoring for CMS’ Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model. Launched in January 2020, this model is part of CMS’s strategy to fight the opioid […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a request for information (RFI) for input from states, providers, health systems, and families to better coordinate care from out-of-state providers for children with complex health conditions enrolled in Medicaid. The deadline to submit comments is March 23, 2020. States have long addressed issues of […]
State officials continue to develop new approaches to increase access to oral health services, and many of their innovations were highlighted at National Academy for State Health Policy’s 2019 conference. There are ongoing initiatives, such as deploying community health workers in Minnesota, a New Hampshire Medicaid and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program pay-for-prevention, bundled […]