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Due to increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations, Alaska and Idaho this month enacted statewide crisis standards of care. These standards are used when health care systems are unable to operate normally due to an extreme public health event.

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States facing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases are making efforts to support their increasingly burdened health care workforce. Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency requested teams to support civilian health care workers treating COVID-19 patients in local state hospitals.

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As hospitals respond to the rising delta variant and struggle with capacity, some states are calling on hospitals to once again postpone elective surgeries. Executive orders in other states expand flexibility to address health care workforce shortages amid COVID-19 surges.

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This State Policy Snapshot summarizes how states are working to improve maternal health and equity through Medicaid Section 1115 waivers, provider training, community-based services, and panels to investigate maternal deaths.

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Several state Medicaid programs have begun reimbursing for vaccine counseling services amid efforts across the country to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates. Vaccine counseling services can provide reassurance, education, and clarity to those experiencing vaccine hesitancy.

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Arkansas governor holds town halls after state lawmakers deny exceptions to a law prohibiting government agencies from mandating mask use. California will require school staff to be fully vaccinated or tested weekly. Texas asks hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective medical procedures.

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Many governors are taking renewed action to combat COVID-19 as the delta variant spreads. Some states have renewed their public health emergency declarations, while others are mandating vaccinations for certain state workers. However, nine states have enacted laws prohibiting vaccine mandates.

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Colorado is requiring medical-grade face coverings for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated employees in settings that serve vulnerable or at-risk populations, and Mississippi is recommending those 65 and older avoid mass gatherings, regardless of vaccination status.

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Recently, some states have started to direct providers on which carve-in or carve-out options they take so the state can claim its rebates without concern of duplicate discounts. This State Policy Snapshot examines the current landscape of state carve-in and carve-out policies.

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The highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant has been found in all 50 states and experts warn unvaccinated individuals and younger populations are highly susceptible. This variant presents a significant threat in states with low vaccination rates, including Arkansas, Missouri, Nevada, and Utah.

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Nevada is the second state to pursue a public option health coverage plan, after Washington implemented a public option in 2019. The law requires the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Insurance, and Silver State Health Insurance Exchange to create a public option by 2026.

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Several states have reached or surpassed President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the U.S. adult population by July 4. However, other states lag behind; in 15 states, less than half the adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Several states have enacted fiscal year 2022 budgets that include line items related to the pandemic. For example, Florida budgeted $326 million to continue response efforts and Washington allocated money to hire case investigators, contact tracers, and other positions to respond to COVID-19.

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Six states — Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Oregon, and Washington — are experiencing a frequency of COVID-19 variants, first identified in Brazil and South Africa, greater than 10 percent. FDA recommends providers in these states use only the REGEN-COV monoclonal antibody for treatment.

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As states begin to lift COVID-19 restrictions, several also are choosing to lift their emergency declarations for the pandemic. Virginia launches the nation's first statewide health equity dashboards.

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This State Policy Snapshot examines the policies and initiatives states are pursuing to dismantle structural racism and achieve health equity. 

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In response to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for fully vaccinated people, several states, including Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, have lifted their statewide mask mandates.

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States are using varying techniques to encourage the public to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Some states are linking vaccination rates to loosening restrictions or offering financial incentives to those receiving a vaccine, while others focus on forming partnerships to scale up vaccination efforts.

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As COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, several states — including California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Washington — have created targeted campaigns to reach marginalized populations disproportionately affected by the public health emergency.

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New York is the first state to implement no-cost, voluntary "vaccine passports" — credentials to show proof of inoculation. Hawaii is testing similar technology. Other states have expressed privacy concerns related to vaccine passports, with the governors of Florida and Texas barring such policies.

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At least 29 bills in 17 states involve health services for patients who are transgender, and many of these efforts specifically focus on youth populations. Several states proposed restricting access to transgender health care, by prohibiting or criminalizing gender-affirming care.

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In recent weeks, several states passed legislation related to the COVID-19 public health crisis, including bills establishing vaccination authority, patient rights, and data reporting requirements. Utah on April 10 will lift its statewide mask mandate.

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People experiencing homelessness face barriers to vaccination, including lack of transportation, limited availability of technology, and no established connection to a health care provider. More than 30 states have specifically prioritized vaccinations for homeless populations.

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This State Policy Snapshot summarizes actions states are taking to combat human trafficking through task forces, training programs, and protections for trafficked individuals.

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New York establishes an advisory council on trauma-informed care for workers on the front lines of COVID-19. The advisory group will develop reports on immediate needs for front-line health workers and findings and recommendations on long-term, trauma-informed care for these individuals.

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So far, 26 states and Washington, D.C., publicly report varying data on race and ethnicity for individuals who have received the vaccination. States also have taken different approaches to addressing disparities in vaccine administration and vaccine hesitancy.

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Some states are holding back COVID-19 vaccines after receiving fewer than expected doses and grappling with logistical challenges scheduling second shots. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could be administered up to 42 days apart.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is supporting vaccination sites in 19 states and U.S. territories. States vary in their approaches to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to children; some are prioritizing subpopulations of children while others are involving child health stakeholders in planning.

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Three new National Governors Association task forces will focus on pandemic and disaster response, economic recovery and revitalization, and community renewal.

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In response to COVID-19 surges, California issued an order to preserve resources and ensure hospitals can care for critically ill patients. Most states adopt Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations for prioritization of vaccines, but 14 states modified the guidelines.

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This is the first approval of its kind and will allow the state to have more control over financing its Medicaid program.

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The CDC data tracker shows COVID-19 vaccine rollout has varied significantly across the country. While Connecticut, New Hampshire, and South Dakota have administered at least 60 percent for their available vaccine doses, Arizona and Georgia have not yet administered 20 percent of their vaccines.

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Florida allocates $23 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to mental health services in the state.

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The administration approved the Pfizer vaccination for emergency use. In preparation, states — including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Washington — have outlined their vaccine distribution plans, which must be submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The California Department of Health released new guidance strongly recommending weekly COVID-19 screening and testing for general acute care hospital staff. California and Oregon are buying entire hotels to support homeless and vulnerable communities.

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The National Association of State Budget Officials' annual state expenditures report found total Medicaid spending in state budgets increased 4.4 percent and federal government Medicaid spending increased 8.9 percent in fiscal year 2020.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order allowing hospitals to transfer or deny patients when the hospital reaches full capacity. Meanwhile, several states across the nation are hosting special legislative sessions to address COVID-19.

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Many states — including Iowa, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oregon — implement new restrictions as hospitalizations for COVID-19 reach a record high.

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The Department of Health and Human Services distributed a lateral flow COVID-19 diagnostic test to states and territories across the country. Several states — including Arkansas, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, Oregon, and Utah—are using the tests to target vulnerable populations.

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A Kaiser Family Foundation annual survey finds states expect to see Medicaid enrollment spike more than 8 percent in fiscal year 2021 due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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California released a Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which includes an equity measure to ensure California reopens its economy safely by reducing disease transmission in all communities. Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded crisis counseling grants to more than 30 states.

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As the country works to expand COVID-19 through testing, every state has submitted a testing strategy to the federal government. Most state plans prioritize vulnerable populations and offer testing for uninsured individuals.

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With community partnerships already underway through California's Whole Person Care initiative — part of its Section 1115 Medicaid waiver — localities in California found it easier to reach vulnerable communities at high risk for contracting COVID-19.

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As Hurricane Laura tore through Texas and Louisiana, both states grappled with the devastating effects of the hurricane amid ongoing efforts to mitigate COVID-19. The pandemic has made it significantly more difficult to follow general hurricane preparedness procedures and protect vulnerable residents.

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Many states are engaged in some form of advanced and rapid contact tracing to help contain the spread of COVID-19. In Wisconsin, the state Department of Health created a web-based tool to help residents gauge their exposure to COVID-19.

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Governors from six states — Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia — announced a bipartisan interstate compact to expand COVID-19 testing, stop the spread of the virus, and help state economies safely recover.

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Many states — including North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina — are designating CARES Act funds to assist hospitals. The National Governor's Association outlines best practices for distributing potential COVID-19 vaccines.

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California prepares for wildfire season by securing personal protective equipment, hiring more firefighters, and implementing new shelter guidance in light of COVID-19. CDC highlights efforts in Michigan and Texas to use medical operations coordination cells and relief hospitals.

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Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott issues a proclamation to suspend elective surgeries in four counties, making room for another surge in COVID-19. Maine Gov. Janet Mills announces the state approved nearly $9 million in grant funding to support local COVID-19 public health, education, and prevention efforts.

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New York will require the state health department to conduct a study on the health impact of COVID-19 on minority populations. A new data and visualization tool released by John Hopkins University provides insight on the effect of state stay-at-home and recovery policies across the U.S.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced the state will distribute $40 million to hospitals to address lost revenue and expenses as a result of COVID-19. The money comes from the tranche the state received under the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

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Illinois is the first state to extend Medicaid coverage to low-income residents ages 65 and older, regardless of immigration status, due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania heightened security measures to protect staff and providers against the spread of COVID-19.

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The Arkansas governor appointed a steering committee to recommend distribution methods for federal COVID-19 funds across the states. A new National Governors Association memorandum offers planning recommendations for concurrent emergencies during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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The report, requested by Republican representatives, details challenges states face in administering Medicaid programs, including with coverage exclusions and care coordination, coverage benefits and eligibility, and Medicare and Medicaid alignment.

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Several states, including Missouri and Oklahoma, will vote this year on whether to expand Medicaid. However, the topic of expansion will remain unaddressed in several states this year; for example, plans to include expansion on the 2020 ballot in Florida now have been pushed to 2022.

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Several states have created task forces to examine racial disparities related to COVID-19. A new tracker shows which states have stay-at-home orders or plans to resume elective procedures. States have authority to allocate CARES Act funding how they see fit, and several states have begun to do so.

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This State Policy Snapshot summarizes how states are turning to emergency Medicaid authority to provide coverage of COVID-19 services for specific populations, such as individuals who would qualify for public assistance if not for their immigration status.

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HHS has left it up to the states' discretion on how to distribute the investigational antiviral drug. Several states — including Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas — are beginning to release plans on the distribution of the drug.

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As the public health emergency continues, states make unexpected budgetary decisions that could significantly affect health care. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released an executive order stating hospitals are not allowed to discharge patients to nursing homes unless they test negative for COVID-19.

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Many states are beginning to lift restrictions put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including resuming elective surgeries in hospitals. Meanwhile, the National Association of Medicaid Directors urges the administration work with Medicaid directors to distribute needed funds to providers.

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Virginia and Washington have paused proposals to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage for low-income women, due to budget constraints resulting from the pandemic. States are engaged in contact tracing to curb the spread of COVID-19, and 24 states enacted budgetary measures related to the emergency.

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States are exploring a variety of COVID-19 recovery plans to meet their local economic and health care needs. While some states opt to follow guidance from the Trump administration and national groups, others are taking individualized approaches focused on testing and social distancing.

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Some states are using their own means to assist hospitals on the front lines of this public health emergency. Massachusetts' state Medicaid agency will infuse $800 million in stabilization funding, while Pennsylvania launched a loan program to help hospitals adversely affected by the pandemic.

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Attorneys general from three states ask the U.S. Supreme Court to pause the administration's public charge rule as the nation grapples with COVID-19. A study identifies which states are tracking race and ethnicity data amid the pandemic. CMS approves new time-limited disaster state plan amendments.

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In addition to efforts targeting surprise medical bills, governors are asking the administration to allow Medicaid retainer payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the administration has approved Section 1135 waivers for 47 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Newly approved state plan amendments in Alabama, Arizona, Minnesota, Washington, and Wyoming aim to increase flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Federal guidance details how states can request ventilators; states regulate distribution of chloroquine and hydoxychloroquine and take steps to ensure housing stability.

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With new approvals in Alaska, Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Georgia, and Nebraska, 45 states now have Section 1135 waivers in place to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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States are expanding requirements for hospitals to report their bed capacity and supply inventory, and readying facilities to expand capacity to treat patients with COVID-19. CMS has approved Section 1135 waivers for 38 states.

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States open insurance marketplace special enrollment periods; the Association of State and Territorial Health Organizations issues considerations for mobile testing.

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Washington state received approval for a Section 1135 waiver, targeted at removing additional Medicare and Medicaid regulatory barriers for providers to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Under the proposed Section 1115 waiver, Oklahoma would accept a per-capita cap on federal funds for the Medicaid expansion population and incorporate other market-based reforms.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will use existing networks to award more than $560 million to states, localities, territories, and tribes to accelerate planning and operational readiness. The agency has issued a list of funding actions and a frequently asked questions document.

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Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington join dozens of other states already enforcing laws to shield patients from balance billing.

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State Medicaid directors named delivery system and payment reform as their top priority in an annual operations survey from the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

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States are leveraging financial incentives, quality measures, waivers, and public-private partnerships to slow climbing rates of substance use disorder and overdose among pregnant women.

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This marks the second consecutive year the uninsured rate for children has increased following continuous decreases after enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Only North Dakota saw a decrease in the uninsured rate for children.

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A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of state Medicaid directors found declines in Medicaid enrollment and modest spending growth in 2019, but respondents anticipate slight increases in enrollment and higher spending in 2020.

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California recently became the first state to release data on wholesale acquisition cost increases for prescription drugs.

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Improving access to medication-assisted treatment during incarceration can help prevent overdoses and deaths after release.

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A new report from the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explores how rural local health departments mitigate social determinants of health.

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The rate of Americans without health insurance was 8.5 percent in 2018, up from 7.9 percent the previous year.

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States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw higher prescribing rates for medication-assisted treatment than nonexpansion states.

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New guidance from the National Governors Association includes comprehensive approaches states may consider to confront aspects of surprise medical billing.

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For the first time since 2007, the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program declined in 2018.

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Eight states prohibit Medicaid coverage for gender reassignment services, while 22 states have policies explicitly prohibiting gender-based discrimination in health care.

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This is the second time since the Great Recession’s onset in 2007 that every state had consecutive quarters of annual economic growth.

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State Medicaid programs spent an estimated $112 billion since 1999 due to opioid misuse and related health consequences.

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Proponents are collecting voter signatures in Florida, Missouri, and Oklahoma for 2020 ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid.

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Nearly two-thirds of states have enacted tort damage caps — limits on damages plaintiffs can claim in medical injury lawsuits. This State Policy Snapshot summarizes how tort damage caps vary by state.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has refreshed data for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Scorecard, which reflects states’ progress in strengthening their reporting of patient health outcomes.

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The expansion, which takes effect in 2020, applies to low-income residents ages 19 to 25, regardless of immigration status. The state estimates more than 100,000 undocumented young adults will be eligible for the expanded coverage.

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In an unprecedented approach, the state health commissioner authorized paramedics to administer the drug, which is used to treat opioid addiction, directly after reviving patients from an opioid overdose using an antidote.

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The state’s policy allows ride-sharing companies to provide non-emergency transportation services for beneficiaries to attend medical appointments.

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A recent issue brief profiles states that use data to identify and reduce health disparities in Medicaid managed care programs and offers a step-by-step strategy for states interested in similar initiatives.

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This new State Policy Snapshot summarizes the various ways states target social determinants of health, such as food insecurity and housing, to reduce avoidable costs and improve outcomes for people with medical and social needs.

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Our updated State Action opioid resource page summarizes recent state policy approaches to prevent opioid overdose and the status of related state laws and regulations.

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In an Institute for Medicaid Innovation survey, states listed 42 CFR Part 2 information sharing limitations and fragmented Medicaid funding and managed care contracting as top barriers to providing behavioral health services.

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A Commonwealth Fund report reviews 36 state Medicaid quality strategies for advancing primary care, a key factor in achieving a high-performing health system.

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The new law requires the state to contract with one or more insurers to offer qualified health plans through its individual insurance marketplace beginning in 2021, as well as fund premium subsidies for people earning less than 500 percent of the federal poverty level.

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The Department of Justice and 18 Republican-led states filed legal briefs in Texas v. United States arguing to uphold a ruling that the Affordable Care Act is invalid. Oral arguments in the appellate court are scheduled for the week of June 8.

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This State Policy Snapshot summarizes the challenges of misaligned federal privacy policies and how varying state laws can complicate matters — or provide possible paths forward.

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Recent laws in Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia require paramedics to transport severe stroke patients directly to a hospital with a comprehensive stroke center licensed to perform thrombectomies.

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The legislation requires the state’s hospitals to make more of their financial information publicly available and calls on the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to develop an annual report on uncompensated hospital costs and expenditures.

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Oklahoma claims that Purdue Pharma and two other pharmaceutical companies understated the benefits and risks of prescription opioids; Purdue has agreed to pay $270 million to settle its part in the lawsuit.

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This State Policy Snapshot summarizes common state policy approaches to balance billing, also called surprise bills, and the status of related state laws and regulation.

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America's Essential Hospitals reviews examples of state-led litigation and state legislation regarding various coverage-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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A new analysis finds the number of filled opioid prescriptions fell by 13 percent across states between 2006 and 2017, but the prescribing rate of long-term opioid prescriptions rose from 18 to 25 percent of all prescriptions.

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State legislators in Illinois, Michigan, and New York seek to limit the number of patients that hospital nurses can treat at a time.

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A new Trust for America’s Health report spotlights 13 evidence-based policies state officials can use to promote health and well-being and lower health care costs.

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Despite a recent measles outbreak across the U.S., legislators in New York, Texas, and other states are considering bills to relax vaccine requirements. Meanwhile, Washington state is working to remove its "personal belief" exemption for the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

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Updated Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data show opioid prescribing rates across state Medicaid programs in 2016 ranged from 2.9 percent to 9.4 percent, compared with the national average of 5.4 percent.

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California’s newly-elected governor signed an executive order to establish a single-payer prescription drug purchasing system. The Supreme Court strikes down Maryland’s anti-pricing gouging law as the state legislature considers creating a prescription drug affordability board.

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A new report finds that nearly 90 percent of hospitals, on average, within each state are part of a coalition to work with emergency management and public health officials to ensure emergency preparedness in their communities.

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A new analysis finds that the evolving drug overdose crisis has wide, varying effects across states and that there has been an uptick in non-opioid illicit drug overdoses.

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With expected gridlock between our new divided Congress, states could be the ones to drive major health policy activity in 2019.

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The Antibiotic Resistance Investment resource page features an interactive map and downloadable fact sheets for each state and select major cities.

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Judge Dan Polster of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio rejected opioid companies’ motion to dismiss hundreds of state and local lawsuits against them, ordering litigation to proceed and for the parties to discuss a potential settlement.

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A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas sided with a group of Republican governors and attorneys general in 20 states who argued that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional without the related tax penalty.

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Leaders in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin have expressed interest in allowing individuals who cannot afford private health insurance to buy into the Medicaid program if they are otherwise ineligible.

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Three new Democratic governors have vowed to move forward with Medicaid expansion in their states; Meanwhile, voters in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah approved Medicaid expansion, while Montana voters rejected an initiative to extend the state's expansion past June 2019.

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States have explored both traditional policy levers and novel approaches to manage Medicaid prescription drug costs, and many newly-elected governors have signaled that the issue is a policy priority.

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America’s Essential Hospitals examines the multitude of lawsuits local, state, and federal governments are pursuing against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid crisis.

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Vermonters will experience a 23 percent increase in marketplace premiums, while Tennesseans will see a 26 percent decrease; nationally, premiums will decrease 1 percent on average.

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Colorado's new policy requires certain providers to report the acquisition cost of drugs purchased through the 340B Drug Pricing Program; Mississippi mandates that certain providers identify 340B-purchased drugs on medical and retail pharmacy claims.

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