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 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 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 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 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 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 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

  • 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.   

  • 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 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.

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