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!

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  • 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 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 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 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 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.
  • 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 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 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.

  • 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 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. 

  • New NASHP Toolbox: Advancing Children's Coverage through Health Reform Implementation

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) published a toolbox, prepared in conjunction with a recent NASHP report, to be a one-stop shop of resources and tools relevant to states as they work to maintain and advance children’s coverage. This toolbox offers a unique and interactive approach to explore policy considerations and potential options for advancing children’s coverage. It also offers an overview of how children will connect to coverage in 2014 and the key issues states are facing as they implement provisions of the ACA. 

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