Disparities in states’ COVID-19’s health outcomes have driven home the need for policymakers to reassess their work to advance racial equity and redirect efforts to be more effective. A recent update to the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) interactive map, How States Collect Data, Report, and Act on COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities, reveals […]
As development of a COVID-19 vaccine continues, states are racing to develop vaccine distribution plans and are eager to ensure that the administrative challenges of testing and personal protective equipment distribution are not repeated. They must orchestrate vaccine storage and administration, data tracking, and capacity issues while questions about who will ultimately pay for the […]
Faced with persistent disparities in vaccination rates among children and pregnant women, a five-state community of practice, coordinated by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), AcademyHealth and Immunize Colorado, formed interdisciplinary, cross-agency teams to address access and other challenges to reduce immunization gaps among low-income pregnant women and children. Their approaches and lessons […]
Direct care workers play a critical role in the success of states’ long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems, but faced with COVID-19, low wages, and few advancement opportunities, states struggle to retain this workforce. Recently, state leaders came together virtually at National Academy for State Health Policy’s annual conference to share strategies to improve recruitment […]
After the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, I wrote, “For organizations like NASHP, it is not enough to speak out – we need to redouble our efforts, along with our state partners, to combat racism and ensure health equity.
Palliative care helps individuals with serious illness better manage the symptoms and stressors of disease. These services are interdisciplinary, person- and family-centered, and can help people at any stage of a serious illness.
States are uniquely positioned to influence how Americans think about access, and experience palliative care.
As the pandemic continues and more individuals lose jobs and health insurance, the demand for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage is rising. Kentucky and Virginia – stripped of their traditional, in-person enrollment strategies – have adapted their outreach efforts to help make enrollment as easy as possible for adults and children to […]
A new, 50-state analysis of Medicaid managed care programs by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) shows that in the past three years, state Medicaid managed care (MMC) programs have: Enrolled more children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN); Provided more services to them through managed care; and Launched more specialized […]