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Telehealth is an important tool to connect providers and patients, and this technology only became more vital as the pandemic prevented patients from accessing in-office care. This State Policy Snapshot explores how some states have pursued action to make telehealth flexibility permanent.

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States argue shifting pharmacy benefits from managed care to Medicaid fee-for-service can lead to savings, but removing 340B Drug Pricing Program benefits for managed care drugs can jeopardize essential hospitals' 340B savings — a critical source of support.

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The pressures of the COVID-19 public health emergency led to significant burnout among the health care workforce. This State Policy Snapshot summarizes how state and local governments sought relief to help meet this challenge.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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