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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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  • State Health Policy Blog
    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

  • State Health Policy Blog
    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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  • Publications
    State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis

    State Strategies to Meet the Needs of Young Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Crisis

    The opioid epidemic continues to have devastating consequences for children and families across the country, with growing social and financial implications for states. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), in partnership with the Alliance for Early Success, interviewed Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Virginia officials representing state Medicaid, child welfare, and behavioral health programs […]

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  • Oklahoma Signs the Nation’s First State Medicaid Value-Based Contracts for Rx Drugs

    Oklahoma Signs the Nation’s First State Medicaid Value-Based Contracts for Rx Drugs

    On the heels of Oklahoma’s first-in-the-nation, value-based purchasing deal to improve adherence to an antipsychotic drug, the state’s Medicaid agency just signed its second value-based contract for a prescription drug used to treat serious bacterial skin infections. While several private insurers have initiated value-based contracting, which links payments to a drug’s effectiveness and outcome, Oklahoma […]

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    September 25, 2018 | Filed under: All, Front Page, Medicaid

  • Toolkits
    Toolkit: National Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    Toolkit: National Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    The National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) define the core components of a comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered system of care for CYSHCN. Nearly 20 percent of US children under age 18 have special health care needs. This toolkit provides a portal to critical tools, fact sheets, and other resources that states can […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    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

  • State Health Policy Blog
    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

  • NASHP Issues RFP for Partner to Help States Develop a Drug Cost Transparency Database

    NASHP Issues RFP for Partner to Help States Develop a Drug Cost Transparency Database

    NASHP’s Center for State Rx Drug Pricing seeks a partner to provide technical and strategic expertise to help a workgroup of state officials from California, Nevada, Oregon, Connecticut, and Vermont implement their drug cost transparency laws and help Maine and New Hampshire develop transparency programs as mandated by recent legislation. This work will help all […]

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    September 18, 2018 | Filed under: Drug Pricing, Featured-Rx, Front Page, Front Page-Rx, Transparency

  • State Health Policy Blog
    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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