• State Leaders Offer Solutions to Address Rapid Increase in Prescription Drug Spending

    As part of the 29th Annual State Health Policy Conference, held 17-19 in Pittsburgh, PA, NASHP released findings from our Pharmacy Costs Work Group aimed at addressing the increasingly rising costs of pharmaceuticals. 

    The solutions offered in the newly released findings serve as a toolbox for states. While they recognize the value of the pharmaceutical industry, state policymakers have for some time been engaged in considerable work to maintain the affordability of prescriptions. Despite these efforts drug pricing and the unpredictability of increases continues to vex state budgets. Annually states spend more that $20 billion on prescription drug coverage for public employees, incarcerated individuals, higher education, and Medicaid.  

  • #NASHPconf16

    All-star panel featuring  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Kaiser Family Foundation’s Drew Altman and NASHP’s Trish Riley discuss the State of State Health Policy at #NASHPconf16.

  • State Legislative Action on Pharmaceutical Prices

    As part of our Pharmacy Cost Work Group, an ongoing project that looks beyond the strategies currently used in states to identify and develop new ideas which address the growing problem of prescription drug costs, NASHP has been tracking state legislative actions to control the rising cost of prescription drugs. This series of maps and accompanying chart summarize state legislation that has been introduced during the 2015-2016 legislative season.

  • Intervention, Treatment, and Prevention Strategies to Address Opioid Use Disorders in Rural Areas

    NASHP has developed a primer for Medicaid officials and healthcare providers working to reduce opioid addiction in their state’s rural areas. It details the role HRSA-supported safety net providers play in improving emergency medical intervention and treatment to Medicaid enrollees, many of whom live in rural regions, and low-income and vulnerable populations facing opioid use disorders. In addition to the primer, an infographic was created to highlight the impact of opioids in rural America. 
  • State Strategies for Promoting Children’s Preventive Services

    States have the option of implementing performance measurement, incentives or improvement projects, often as part of broad health system transformation efforts, to promote children and adolescents’ access to preventive services. This series of maps and accompanying chart illustrate state-specific Medicaid or CHIP performance improvement projects, measures, or incentives promoting children’s preventive services, such as those recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures guidelines.


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