State Health Policy Blog

State of the state and inaugural speeches give governors the opportunity to highlight their recent policy successes and outline key plans and priorities for the coming year.  These speeches are strong indicators of governors’ policy goals and often include proposals and funding recommendations for their legislatures. As a result of 2018 gubernatorial races in 36 […]

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    Federal Proposal Broadens “Public Charge” Definition for Immigrants: What Are the Implications for States?

    Federal Proposal Broadens “Public Charge” Definition for Immigrants: What Are the Implications for States?

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a proposed rule to change public charge determination policies. Currently, the immigration status of individuals can be affected and individuals can be denied lawful permanent residence if they are determined to be a “public charge” based on their enrollment in cash assistance programs, such as Temporary Assistance […]

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    September 25, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Immigrants, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog

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    How States Are Meeting the Needs of Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

    How States Are Meeting the Needs of Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic is having a devastating impact on children and families and placing a significant strain on states as they work to develop effective programs and find new funding to respond to this crisis. To address the crisis and promote healthy child development, states are implementing innovative whole-family approaches to prevention and treatment (see […]

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    States Explore Strategies to Advance Palliative Care at #NASHPCONF18

    States Explore Strategies to Advance Palliative Care at #NASHPCONF18

    States, as regulators, payers, and innovators of health care, are uniquely positioned to improve the lives of Americans with serious illnesses by promoting access to palliative care. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is working with state leaders to expand and improve palliative care, explore how these services align with other initiatives (e.g., […]

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    September 18, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog

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    State Legislators Take Action to Protect Consumers from Surprise Billing

    State Legislators Take Action to Protect Consumers from Surprise Billing

    Consumer out-of-pocket spending on health care costs, including “surprise” medical bills – often incurred for costly, out-of-network care — is on the rise and state lawmakers are responding with legislation to protect consumers. Surprise bills happen when consumers receive unexpected charges for medical care that they assumed would be comprehensively covered by their insurance plans. […]

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    September 18, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Insurance Legislation, State Health Policy Blog

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    How State Policymakers Spent Their Summer: Stabilizing Their Insurance Markets

    How State Policymakers Spent Their Summer: Stabilizing Their Insurance Markets

    State policymakers spent their summer crafting policies to educate and protect consumers in response to federal actions that threaten to alter state individual insurance markets. In recent months, the federal government issued new rules expanding the availability and sale of association health plans and short-term, limited duration plans and passed legislation effectively eliminating the individual […]

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    As States Take the Lead to Address Drug Costs, Federal Action Follows

    As States Take the Lead to Address Drug Costs, Federal Action Follows

    As states take the lead implementing dozens of innovative laws to curb the rising costs of prescription drugs, the federal government is following with a recent wave of proposed bills and rule changes designed to rein in drug costs nationally. This year, state legislatures approved an unprecedented number of measures to curb crippling drug costs, […]

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    States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care

    States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care

    Prevention and collaboration were the key themes as state policymakers explored innovative and cost-effective strategies to integrate oral health and primary care during #NASHPCONF18’s session, Cross Currents: Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care. Speakers underscored the importance of high-quality and regular dental care in preventing major oral and physical health problems and delivering cost […]

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    September 11, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Oral Health, State Health Policy Blog

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    States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies

    States Jumpstart Efforts to Integrate Health and Housing Policies

    As part of the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) health and housing institute, officials from five states (IL, LA, NY, OR, and TX) met with other policymakers at #NASHPCONF18 to share how they work across agency siloes to improve health and housing for vulnerable populations, including those experiencing homelessness, struggling with behavioral health […]

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    September 11, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, State Health Policy Blog, Texas

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    Webinar: State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Children and Families Affected by Opioids

    Webinar: State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Children and Families Affected by Opioids

    In partnership with the Alliance for Early Success, NASHP is hosting a webinar, State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis, from 2 to 3 p.m. (EST), Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, to highlight New Hampshire’s coordinated approach to meet the needs of young children affected by opioid […]

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    September 4, 2018 | Filed under: Front Page, State Health Policy Blog