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 Issues Brief on State Options in the Wake of Supreme Court Case

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published an issue brief exploring policy options for states pending the outcome of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court Case. The brief reviews other pending legislation and discusses different types of exchanges that states might explore should the Court rule in favor of the plaintiffs—state-based marketplaces, regional exchanges or call on Congress  to create an alternative approach. 

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Press Releases Following King v. Burwell Oral Arguments

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    NASHP, NHeLP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) responded quickly to oral arguments in the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. NASHP promised to continue to closely monitor the case, and Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director of NHeLP, stated, “[the] arguments demonstrate how politically driven this attack on the Affordable Care Act is, and how divorced the challengers are from the lives of people relying on the health care made possible because of the law.”

  • NASHP Blogs about Taxes and the ACA

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy blogged about the new ACA-related tax forms and filing requirements for individuals who purchased coverage through a marketplace and received financial assistance. The post and accompanying cheat sheet offer background on each of the new tax forms, who needs to file the forms, and consequences for incorrect filings. Uninsured individuals who missed open enrollment this year may still have a chance to sign up for coverage and avoid tax penalties in 2016 thanks to a special enrollment period recently enacted by some states and the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). 

  • NASHP to Host Webinar on Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

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    NASHP: On March 3rd, The National Academy for State Health Policy will host a webinar on how state agencies and organizations can collaborate to better identify and support children with special physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The webinar will feature speakers from Iowa, Washington D.C., and Kansas who will discuss innovations from their states. Registration is available now.

  • NASHP Publishes State-by-State Comparison of Governors’ Health Policies

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published a summary of 44 governors’ health policies, as outlined in State of the State or inaugural addresses. The summary notes that a majority of the governors addressed health in their speeches, focusing mostly on Medicaid and behavioral health. The summary also provides a state-by-state matrix across six topics: culture of health, costs, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, exchanges, and behavioral health.

  • NASHP Updates Marketplace Renewal Strategies Chart

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy updated its marketplace renewal strategies chart. The chart includes a breakdown of each state’s processes for Marketplace renewals including whether the Marketplace will auto-renew Qualified Health Plans, the approach to tax subsidy redeterminations are, and consumer communications to assist with renewal.

  • NASHP Updates Children’s Coverage Policy Toolbox

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy updated its Toolbox for Advancing Children’s Coverage through Health Reform Implementation. The toolbox provides information and tools related to the ACA’s impact on children’s coverage and assists states considering policy solutions. The updates include new resources on eligibility and enrollment, retention and churn, and outreach and consumer assistance.
  • NASHP Updates Governors’ Views on CHIP Chart

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy updated a chart outlining Governors’ views on extending the CHIP program. The chart pulls information from Governors' responses to a July 2014 request from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce seeking input about the future of CHIP. The chart includes specific recommendations and highlights the differences in benefits and cost-sharing across states.

  • NASHP to Host 2015 Open Enrollment Period Webinar

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    NASHP: On December 17th, The National Academy for State Health Policy will host a webinar on early experiences of states during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The webinar will be moderated by Jennifer Sullivan of Enroll America and will highlight states’ strategies and challenges and feature panelists from Idaho and Oklahoma. Registration is available now.

  • NASHP Staff Publishes Blog for Health Affairs

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    NASHP: Staff from the National Academy for State Health Policy wrote a blog for Health Affairs on children’s coverage issues. The blog discusses the policies and systems needed to sustain and improve upon the increasing rates of children’s health coverage.

  • NASHP Blogs about CHIP’s Future

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) blogged about the future of CHIP based on discussions at NASHP’s 27th Annual Conference. The blog notes that if federal funding is not extended, many families may seek marketplace coverage, which, unlike CHIP, has not been tailored to low-income children’s needs. The blog also notes that the lack of clarity around CHIP’s future may create difficulties for states as they develop their budgets for children’s coverage
  • NASHP Updates CHIP and Marketplace Issuers Map

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy released an updated map showing the overlap between issuers offering managed care plans in a state’s separate CHIP and those offering plans in Marketplaces. 

  • NASHP Publishes CHIP Financing Fact Sheet

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published a fact sheet on the future of federal CHIP financing. The fact sheet provides information on how CHIP financing works and the consequences of allowing federal funding for the program to expire.

     

  • NASHP Releases Report on Opportunities in ACA to Improve Outcomes for Children and Parents

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published a report in partnership with the Aspen Institute examining the opportunities in the ACA to drive better outcomes for children and parents. The report highlights opportunities and gaps in the legislation and outlines impacts across race, gender, and age.

  • NASHP Issues Fact Sheet on Coverage for the Remaining Uninsured

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published a fact sheet on public and private initiatives that are helping the remaining uninsured gain health coverage.  The fact sheet highlights how initiatives from California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia are reaching out to and serving the uninsured. The remaining uninsured pose a unique challenge as they are more likely to live at or below 138% of the federal poverty line, speak Spanish, and have less than a high school education.

  • NASHP Blogs About Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Medicaid

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy blogged about payment strategies that facilitate integration between behavioral health and primary care in Medicaid. The blog highlights Missouri’s Health Home initiatives and shares best practices from Michigan and around the country. 

  • NASHP Publishes Fact Sheets on Prenatal Care

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy released a series of fact sheets focused on supporting high performance in early entry into prenatal care and improving measures of maternal and child health quality and access. The fact sheets highlight state policies and programs in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington that ensure women receive prenatal care during their first trimester and highlight how FQHCs promote prenatal care as part of a patient-centered medical home.

  • NASHP To Host Final Webinar on the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy will host a webinar on September 9, 2014 about the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents and how care coordination can bridge the systems and providers serving children and families to provide better care. The webinar is the fifth and final in a series on the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) and will feature speakers from CMS, North Carolina, and Oregon. Registration is available now.

  • NASHP To Host Webinar on Using the Medicaid Benefit to Meet Children and Adolescents’ Treatment Needs

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy will host a webinar on July 24, 2014 on how states can leverage the  Medicaid benefit (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment benefit) for children and adolescents to meet children’s treatment needs. Presenters from CMS, Colorado, and Washington state will discuss treatment services under the Medicaid benefit and processes for determining service coverage. Registration is available now.
  • NASHP Releases 2014 State CHIP Fact Sheets

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy and the American Academy of Pediatrics released 2014 state CHIP fact sheets. Each state’s fact sheet details general program characteristics as well as: CHIP enrollment and participation rates; new eligibility levels; benefits offered and cost-sharing requirements; streamlined enrollment and renewal processes; and quality measures.

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