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There’s No Place Like Home: Delivering Care at Home Remains a Priority for States

More than half of Medicaid spending on long-term services and supports (LTSS) currently supports home and community-based services (HCBS) rather than institutional care (e.g., long-term care facilities).

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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2021 Prescription Drug Policy Trends: In Bipartisan Fashion

Like fashion, trends in health policy come and go—and aren’t always to everyone’s taste. Unlike bell-bottoms, when state lawmakers returned to work for the 2021 session, they were eager to find policy levers palatable to both parties.

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Veering to Virtual Care: NCSL’s New Telehealth Toolkit for State Legislators

Whether it was attending Zoom University or living that work-from-home life, COVID-19 led a lot of us to go about our day-to-day lives remotely. This, of course, is also true for many patients who sought out health care—and the providers who delivered those services—during the pandemic.

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States Turn to Medicaid to Support Behavioral Health Needs Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated trauma, isolation and economic insecurity exacerbated existing behavioral health problems and created new ones.

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers: Increase Access, Decreasing Costs

Access to quality behavioral health care has long been a priority for many legislators. Using quality health research and data helps legislators create evidence-informed policies

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Policy Options To Improve Access to and Uptake of Vaccines: New Resources

Vaccines are a safe and effective public health tool that are key to keeping communities healthy. Nonetheless, they can also be a challenging policy issue in state legislatures.

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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Disparate Impact Claims may be Brought Under the Rehabilitation Act

In CVS Pharmacy v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether disability disparate impact claims may be brought under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and therefore under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (AC

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Supreme Court to Review Application of Hospital Medicare Drug Reimbursement Statute

In American Hospital Association v. Becerra the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may set the reimbursement rates for drugs covered by Medicare based on acquisition cost and vary such rates by hospital type if HHS has not collected hospital acquisition cost data.

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SCOTUS To Decide if State Medicaid May Recover Future Medical Expense Settlements To Pay for Past Costs

In Gallardo v. Marstiller, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the federal Medicaid Act allows a state Medicaid program to recover reimbursement for Medicaid’s payment of a beneficiary’s past medical expenses by taking funds from the beneficiary’s tort recovery that compensate for future medical expenses.

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SCOTUS to Decide Hospital Stay Medicare Reimbursement Case

The issue in Becerra v. Empire Health Foundation is whether the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can, for calculating the disproportionate share hospital payment, include in the Medicare fraction all of a hospital’s patient days of individuals who qualify for Medicare Part A benefits, regardless of whether Medicare actually paid the hospital for those particular days.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.