Briefs & Reports

States in Action: A Bi-monthly Look at Innovations in Health Policy

States in Action is a bi-monthly newsletter that examines state-level innovations in health policy. Each issue profiles several states in short “snapshot” articles, examines a state or policy trend in detail, and provides an update on relevant federal policy.

Iowa’s 1st Five Initiative: Improving Early Childhood Developmental Services Through Public_Private Partnerships

This report profiles the Iowa Department of Public Health’s 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative, which is bridging public and private health care systems to improve early detection of social_emotional delays and prevention of mental health problems among young children and their families. Key features of the 1st Five model include: user-friendly mental and developmental … Read More

Reforming New York’s Medicaid Eligibility Process: Lessons from Other States

This report examines the New York Medicaid eligibility structure and process, draws from the experience of selected states that have undertaken improvements in their Medicaid eligibility systems and processes in recent years, and identifies lessons that New York might consider as it seeks to improve its own Medicaid eligibility process.

Health Savings Account Pilot Report

This report fulfills a legislative mandate for the state to assess the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of developing and implementing a Medicaid Health Savings Account pilot program.

States in Action: Innovations in Health Policy, June/July 2008

States in Action is a bi-monthly newsletter that examines state-level innovations in health policy. Each issue profiles several states in short “snapshot” articles, examines a state or policy trend in detail, and provides an update on relevant federal policy developments.

State E-Health Activities in 2007: Findings From a State Survey

Motivated by a desire to improve performance, assure quality, and maximize value from health care, states are promoting a wide variety of “e-health” initiatives that exploit the capabilities of health information technology and electronic health information exchanges. This report describes the range of state e-health activities, the challenges states are facing, and emerging best practices.

2007 State Perspectives on Medicaid Pharmacy Policies and Practices

This 50-state survey explores six major areas of Medicaid pharmacy policy: the impacts of Medicare Part D prescription drug program on state Medicaid pharmacy programs; the impacts of Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) on Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement and Medicaid collection of manufacturer rebates on physician-administered drugs; Medicaid managed care and pharmacy issues; state prescription … Read More

HMA Overview of County Health Plans of the Uninsured in Michigan

This analysis examines the role of the county health plans that provide community-based care for the uninsured in Michigan, which cover low-income uninsured persons who are not eligible for mainstream medical assistance programs. Non-profit corporations set up to serve as the vehicle to provide access to organized systems of health care operate these programs.