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June 2021

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Commentary

This commentary explains how substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health conditions are prevalent among pregnant and postpartum people in the United States, and they have far-reaching consequences for the health and well-being of parents and their children.

Report

This report describes how the US supply of COVID-19 vaccines has increased in recent months, and demand starting to level off most states were at or near having more vaccines available than people who want them as of May 2021.

Chart

This chart demonstrates how states are using a variety of approaches to provide doula services within their Medicaid programs to address inequities.

Commentary

This commentary explains that on June 17 the Supreme Court decisively rejected California v. Texas, the latest lawsuit before the Court that challenged the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Blog

This blog analyzes the accumulating evidence that the pandemic precipitated dangerous changes in the way people consume alcohol in the United States.

Commentary

This commentary explains how Medicaid leaders have significant opportunities to impact the health and well-being of millions but must balance a myriad of federal and state priorities related to fiscal stewardship, quality assurance, program integrity, and more.

Webinar & Presentations

This webinar will provide an overview of the request for applications for NASHP’s upcoming State Policy Academy on Rural Mental Health Crisis Services, which will help states strengthen policies and strategies that support development, coordination, and delivery of mental health crisis services in rural areas.

Brief

This brief describes Nevada's new public option that is intended to provide consumers with comprehensive, but lower cost health insurance.

Commentary

This commentary explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated adverse childhood experiences, and children could be facing a surge of poor physical and mental health outcomes without adequate investment and focus to reduce the effects of ACEs.

Blog

This blog post highlight's the Virginia Department of Medicaid Services' efforts, successes, and challenges in building a culture of equity.

Report

This report identifies challenges and promising strategies for addressing maternal health inequities during the COVID-19 crisis and opportunities for sustained improvements to maternal health after the pandemic.

Brief

This brief examines how public health activities in the United States are critical to disease prevention, health promotion, environmental health monitoring, and emergency preparedness.

Brief

This brief examines how state are shifting strategies to increase accessibility and engage communities with low COVID-19 vaccine uptake.

Podcast

This podcast discusses how People who live in rural areas often experience health disparities caused by barriers to health care, such as lack of transportation, a shortage of providers, and closures of rural hospitals.

Blog , Commentary

This blog overviews the state strategies to help ensure the equitable administration of COVID-19 vaccine.

Blog

This blog highlights how state-based Marketplaces are launching integrated and innovative outreach campaigns—including tapping into existing public health and COVID-19 vaccination efforts—to reach residents and alert them to the fact that the American Rescue Plan Act provides more people than ever before with access to financial help to pay for health insurance.

Blog

This blog examines how the The American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP) — signed into law on March 11, 2021 – provides states with a one-year, 10 percentage-point increase to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid expenditures on home and community-based services (HCBS) for children and adults.

Blog

This article analyzes a key provision of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to the establishment of the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Fiscal Recovery Funds) for the eligible state, local, territorial and Tribal governments (Recipients) to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).

Report

While more than half of US adults have received a COVID-19 vaccine, the slowing pace of vaccinations hampers efforts to contain the pandemic.

Report

This brief provides evidence on persistent chilling effects among low-income immigrant families during the pandemic, drawing on data from the Urban Institute’s Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey.

Blog

This blog will provide up-to-date information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment, spending, food and housing security, disruptions to education, physical and mental wellbeing, and health insurance and access to care.

Report

This report outlines promising state examples of accountable care organizations’ incentives or requirements that can be used to advance health equity.

Brief

This brief highlights the stories of people with heart conditions who have benefited from Medicaid coverage.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Nancy, whose Medicaid coverage allowed her to access mental health care to manage past trauma.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Maddy, who was born with Asperger syndrome and whose Medicaid coverage helps provide transportation to her two part-time jobs.

Commentary

This commentary tells the story of Silvia, who created a therapy organization in her rural community that provides services to Medicaid populations.

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