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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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.   

  • 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.
  • NASHP Brief Outlines the FFM’s Role in Medicaid Eligibility & Enrollment

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) published a brief on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace’s (FFM) role in coordinating Medicaid eligibility and enrollment with Partnership or FFM states. The brief outlines the FFM’s responsibilities in assessing or determining Medicaid eligibility, explains the differences between these two models, and examines the rationale behind two states’ choices. 

  • Webinar Alert! NASHP to Host Webinar on States' Experiences with Open Enrollment

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) will host a webinar on states’ experiences with Open Enrollment on December 5th. The webinar will feature a NASHP expert and state officials representing Illinois, South Carolina, and Washington to discuss their enrollment experiences.
  • NASHP Held 26th Annual State Health Policy Conference

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    NASHP: In October the National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) held its 26th Annual State Health Policy Conference in Seattle, Washington. The three day conference focused on how the ACA is changing health care in the United States and affecting states’ health care systems. More information and presentations from conference, including sessions on Medicaid Expansion and Washington’s state-based Exchange, are available on NASHP’s website!

     

     

  • NASHP Compares QHP Chevrolet vs. Cadillac Metaphor

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    NASHP: Alan Weil, Executive Director of the National Academy of State Health Policy, published a blog post addressing the misuse of the metaphor that under the ACA individuals will lose access to “Chevrolet” health insurance plans and be forced to purchase “Cadillac” plans.
  • NASHP Publishes Blog Post on the Benefits of the Exchange and Medicaid Expansion

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    NASHP: Alan Weil, Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), published a blog post focusing on how the implementation of the ACA is “providing the nation with variation along many dimensions.” The article discusses how the implementation of the varying forms of Marketplaces and Medicaid Expansion will allow the states to serve as “laboratories”, offering insight into how they will affect access, cost, and health outcomes.
  • Webinar Alert! NASHP to Hold Webinar on State Plans for Exchange Consumer Assistance Programs

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    NASHP: State Refor(u)m, an initiative of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), will hold a webinar on September 11th to review states’ approaches to Exchange consumer assistance programs. Panelists will include NASHP Policy Specialists and Exchange Consumer Assistance Representatives from Arkansas, Colorado, and Minnesota.

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