National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and promote excellence in state health policy and practice. NASHP is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues facing states. With support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, NASHP has established Children in the Vanguard, a learning network of 10 states’ Medicaid and CHIP officials committed to maintaining focus on children’s coverage in the context of health care reform. NASHP’s work also includes supporting State Refor(u)m, a website where state officials and stakeholders collaborate and share information, resources and their experiences around health reform implementation. See below for more information about NASHP’s recent activities, accomplishments, and tools!

  • NASHP Releases Chart on Pediatric Dental Benefits Available on ACA Marketplaces

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy released a chart tracking pediatric dental benefits offered through state marketplaces for the 2014 plan year. The chart highlights whether the benefits are offered as part of a qualified health plan or through a stand-alone policy, and if the state requires the purchase of pediatric dental benefits.
  • NASHP to Host Webinar on States’ Enrollment Strategies

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    NASHP: On July 22, 2014, the National Academy for State Health Policy will host a webinar “Enrollment 1.0: State Reflections on ACA’s First Year and What’s Next.”  The webinar will highlight state enrollment strategies, innovations, common challenges and trends. Featured panelists include leadership from Kentucky, Montana, and Washington. Registration is available now. 

  • NASHP Blog Features Conversations with Exchange Leaders

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy blogged about its conversations with officials from the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, Access Health CT, Washington Healtplanfinder and the DC Healthlink on lessons learned from 2014 open enrollment and planning for 2015 open enrollment.

    Tags: ACA Implementation, Exchanges, Eligibility and Enrollment, Private Coverage

  • NASHP To Host Webinar Promoting Medicaid’s Oral Health Benefit

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy will host a webinar on June 18, 2014 on promoting oral health to Medicaid eligible  children and adolescents.  The webinar will feature  best practice strategies and will feature state officials from Maryland and Texas.  Registration is available now.
  • NASHP To Host Webinar on Medicaid and Adolescents

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    NASHP:  On May 21, 2014, the National Academy for State Health Policy will host a webinar about utilizing Medicaid to engage adolescents and meet their health care needs.  Presenters from CMS, Community Care of North Carolina, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will discuss implementation strategies and lessons learned.  Registration is available now.

  • NASHP & CCF Release CHIP Report

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    NASHP & CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children & Families and the National Academy for State Health Policy published a report on CHIP.  The report highlights CHIP benefits, limitations, and premium and cost sharing provisions. 

  • Register Now for NASHP’s Annual Conference!

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    NASHP:  The National Academy for State Health Policy’s Annual Conference, Innovations Ripe for the Picking, will be held October 6-8, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.  Registration is available now.
  • NASHP Report Highlights Opportunity to Improve Dental Benefits in Marketplaces

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    NASHP:  The National Academy for State Health Policy published a report about the implementation challenges of ensuring dental coverage for both children and adults in Marketplaces.
  • NASHP and CCF To Host CHIP Webinar

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    NASHP & CCF: On May 7, 2014, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) will host a webinar on CHIP in advance of a forthcoming report co-authored by NASHP and the Georgetown Center for Children and Families. The webinar will highlight the report’s findings on separate CHIP programs’ benefits, limitations, premiums, and cost sharing provisions, to inform policymakers about CHIP’s role in the context of ACA implementation.  Webinar registration is now available.
  • NASHP Promotes Access to Health Care for Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) released a report about access to coverage for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.  NASHP will host a webinar on March 25, 2014 highlighting states’ health coverage strategies for this vulnerable population.  Registration is available now.   

  • NASHP Highlights States’ Youth Medicaid Benefits in Interactive Map

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) released a map featuring information on individual states’ Medicaid benefit packages and service delivery for children and adolescents. The map provides a state-by-state snapshot of each state’s decisions related to definitions of “medically necessary” services, care coordination decisions and behavioral health service delivery approaches.

  • Lessons Learned: NASHP Published Third Maximizing Enrollment Report

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) published the third report in its Maximizing Enrollment series, Paving the Way to Simpler, which highlights states’ strategies to streamlining eligibility and enrollment.  Highlighted state strategies include: determining eligibility using existing data; simplifying renewals and transfers; and making eligibility notices reader-friendly. Specifically, the report shares state lessons and guidance in five areas: applications; eligibility determinations; renewals and transfers; notices; and business process improvement.  

  • NASHP Releases Issue Brief on State-Federal Partnerships for Consumer Assistance

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) published an issue brief on states that are sharing consumer assistance responsibilities with the Federally facilitated Marketplace (FFM). The brief provides examples of states coordinating with the FFM in three areas: marketing and advertising; navigators and in-person assisters; and eligibility determination appeals.

  • NASHP Publishes Report and Blog About Transitioning Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs to Medicaid Managed Care

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)released a report and blog post about enrolling children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) into Medicaid managed care.  The publications highlight California, Massachusetts, and Michigan’s approaches to enrolling CYSHCN into Medicaid managed care and identifies best practices for other states, including: incorporating specific contract provisions addressing CYSHCN and their needs; tailoring care monitoring activities to treat CYSHCN as a sub-population; and partnering with families and stakeholders to develop and implement tailored managed care to meet the needs of  CYSHCN. 

  • NASHP Releases Issue Brief on Early Look at States’ Experiences During Open Enrollment

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    NASHP:  The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) published an issue brief about states’  experiences during the first few months of the open enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces. The brief describes states’ challenges and solutions for implementing enrollment systems, including strategies for: consumer education and assistance; streamlined application and enrollment processes; and the “no wrong door” approach that provided a boost to Medicaid enrollment during the open enrollment period.   

  • What Do You Want to Discuss? NASHP Wants to Hear from You!

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) will host its 27th annual state health policy conference on October 6-8, 2014 in Atlanta.  NASHP welcomes ideas for session topics and speakers.  Email your suggestions by February 21, 2014 to conference@nashp.org with the subject line: 2014 Conference Ideas.

  • NASHP To Host Webinar on Medicaid Service Delivery for Children and Adolescents

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    NASHP: On February 5, 2014, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) will host a webinar about states’ strategies to improve service delivery for children and adolescents enrolled in Medicaid. This webinar is the first in a series on the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents; future webinars will highlight oral health, adolescent health, and care coordination.  Registration and the meeting agenda are available now. 

  • NASHP To Host Webinar Highlighting Medicaid Expansion Strategies in AZ, AK and NY

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) will host a webinar about Medicaid expansion on January 27, 2014.  The webinar will feature speakers from Arizona, Arkansas, and New York, and highlight each state’s strategy to expand Medicaid to its newly eligible population.  Registration is available now. 

  • NASHP Released New Resource on Consumer Assister Training Strategies

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) published a new resource reviewing federal training requirements for consumer assisters and highlighting four states’ efforts to ensure both Marketplace assisters and Medicaid eligibility workers receive training on all insurance affordability programs.  The brief emphasizes a two-prong training strategy to ensure consumers enroll in the most appropriate health coverage program.
  • Lessons Learned: NASHP Published Second Maximizing Enrollment Final Report

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) published the report Managing Program Change analyzing states’ strategies to streamline eligibility and enrollment.  Key state strategies include: providing leadership to achieve culture change; analyzing and using data; and coordinating across agencies and programs. This is the second in a series of reports highlighting the Maximizing Enrollment grantees’ efforts.  

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