Investment in Integration for the Dual Eligibles Pays Off

By Andrea Maresca, Director of Federal Policy and Strategy For too long, many individuals dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, and the providers and plans who serve them, have been forced to cobble together services from disparate and complex health care delivery systems. Policymakers have hypothesized for decades that...

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Bringing Substance Use Treatment into the 21st Century

By Lindsey Browning, Senior Policy Analyst Last week the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a hearing to examine options to address the poor outcomes our health system delivers for those with mental illnesses. I was struck by the general agreement among senators and witnesses...

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HHS Forum on Pharmaceuticals

HHS recently convened a multi-stakeholder meeting on pharmaceutical access, affordability and innovation. While the impetus behind the meeting was at least in part due to ongoing conversations with states around Medicaid’s attempts to balance access and affordability, the meeting enabled many other stakeholders (consumers and patients, insurers, manufacturers, and others)...

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APMs: Getting it Right across Payers

Much of the attention around the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has focused on the overhaul of Medicare’s fee-for-service payment system. Equally, if not more, transformative is the provision of MACRA that seeks to incent alternative payment methodologies (APMs) across payers starting in 2021. As leaders...

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Blog: New Report Emphasizes Importance of State Medicaid Leadership

Today, the Milbank Memorial Fund released a report, “The Role of State Medicaid Directors: A Leadership Imperative,” that stressed the importance of effective leadership by state Medicaid Directors to positively influence federal and state-level Medicaid policies. Authored by Dr. Andy Allison, the report examines best practices of private-sector executive management...

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Blog: NAMD Celebrates Medicaid’s 50th Anniversary

Last week, the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the historic legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid. While the Medicare program has dominated public attention and federal budgets for many of the ensuing years, Medicaid has quietly become the nation’s largest health care safety net...

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