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May 2021

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Brief

This issue brief documents how states are collecting information about race, ethnicity, and language on their Medicaid applications.

Brief

This updated brief describes the American Rescue Plan Act’s home and community-based services enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) provision, CMS’s recent implementation guidance, and considerations and next steps for state policymakers.

Journal Article

This blog provides updates on the current COVID-19 vaccine incentives being utilized across the country.

Journal Article

This blog serves as a resource page providing policy options and considerations for states interested in improving access to high-quality mental health care for youth and adults.

Commentary

This article highlights NASHP’s Center for State Rx Drug Pricing five years of state action to lower drug costs.

Commentary

This blog outlines the Center for Health Care Strategies' recent interview with internist and pediatrician Nathan Chomilo, MD, Medical Director of Minnesota Medicaid and MinnesotaCare to get his perspectives on priority opportunities for addressing health equity for people served by the state’s Medicaid program.

Brief

This brief describes a process used to identify a set of patient- and staff-reported measures for the Advancing Integrated Models initiative, eight pilot sites implementing approaches that seek to improve integrated, person-centered care models for adults and children with complex health and social needs.

Commentary

This blog uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey to illuminate the social barriers affecting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout by looking at vaccine hesitancy among U.S. adults (age 18 and older) for January – March 2021, by region, race/ethnicity, income, and reported reasons for hesitancy.

Graphic

This chart provides information on state and territorial plans for phased allocation of COVID-19 vaccines.

Webinar & Presentations

This webinar explores state strategies to improve COVID-19 vaccine confidence and reach more communities in an equitable and efficient manner.

Webinar & Presentations

This podcast features Lynnette Rhodes, executive director of medical assistance plans at the Georgia Department of Community Health, and Cindy Beane, commissioner at the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services, discussing leadership challenges and successes they have faced in developing equitable vaccine distribution strategies and the status of their respective states’ vaccine rollout.

Commentary

This commentary reviews provisions of the U.S. Departments of Health & Humans Services and Treasure final 2022 Notice of Benefit & Payment Parameters of particular import to the state-based marketplaces and state insurance regulators.

Commentary

This brief analyses the state option established by the American Rescue Plan to provide community mobile crisis intervention services for a five-year period beginning in April 2022.

Commentary

This blog examines the pace of COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the United States as well as concerns that these early prioritization decisions and the existing mechanisms of the vaccine rollout have created challenges in equitably distributing the COVID-19 vaccine and could worsen existing pandemic-related health inequities. 

Webinar & Presentations

This webinar features early childhood and Medicaid experts highlighting efforts used to support young children with development and learning needs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commentary

This commentary looks at what data states are publicly reporting related to vaccine administration and features an interactive map that explores the extent to which states are reporting vaccine administration data breakdowns by age, gender, race, ethnicity, provider type, and level of geography.

Report

This report examines evidence-based policymaking and how it can be improved.

Report

This report examines how the pandemic and related economic downturn affected the need for safety net supports; actions states are taking to mitigate the immense hardship the pandemic has caused; implications for racial equity; and challenges, opportunities, and questions facing state leaders.

Report

This report examines how state Medicaid and other health programs responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and its related economic downturn.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Adrian, who serves as assistant director at a Medicaid-funded program to help youth and families receive critical services.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Brook, whose Medicaid coverage helps her provide critical services for her son born with cystic fibrosis.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Matthew, who was born with Down syndrome and whose Medicaid coverage helps him to live an independent life.

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