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Medicaid Policy Trends in 2020: COVID, Coverage and Costs

Medicaid, which accounts for a significant portion of state expenditures and also the largest source of federal revenue for states, continues to be a high priority for state policymakers.

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Improving Children’s Access to Oral Health Services During a Pandemic

Children in Medicaid received more than 7 million fewer dental services between March and May of this year compared to the same period last year.

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SCOTUS Rules States May Regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ Prescription Drug Reimbursement Rates

By Lisa Soronen

In a unanimous decision the U.S. Supreme Court held in Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association that states may regulate the price at which pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) reimburse pharmacies for the cost of prescription drugs without violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

 

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Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain Low Amid Pandemic

Vaccination rates for Medicaid beneficiaries under age 2 were nearly 22% lower between March and May than the same period last year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Michigan, for example, reported an over 20% decrease in the rate of non-flu routine vaccines administered to children 18 years and younger since the state’s stay-at-home order was implemented on March 23.

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Category: Health, COVID-19
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Supreme Court to Decide Legality of Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirements

In Azar v. Gresham and Arkansas v. Gresham the Supreme Court will decide whether it was lawful for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to allow Arkansas to require certain Medicaid recipients to work or look for work.

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Celebrating State Innovations on National Rural Health Day 2020

Rural residents across the U.S. may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to the aging population, higher rates of underlying chronic disease, and higher likelihood of having a disability.

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30 Years of Protection for Substance Use and Mental Illness Under the ADA

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, it became the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities.

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Justices Signal the Entire ACA Is Unlikely to Be Overturned

The Supreme Court heard oral argument Tuesday in California v. Texas, a case where it is possible the Supreme Court could rule that a portion of the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and strike down the entire law if it rules the individual mandate cannot be severed from the rest of the ACA.

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New National Suicide Hotline

With the pandemic exacerbating the rate of suicide, Congress has stepped in and passed a new law designating “988” as a new national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline, connecting individuals directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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NCSL’s FY 2020 Early Care and Education State Budget Report Now Available

It’s no secret that supporting healthy development from birth to age 5 is vitally important. What happens or doesn’t happen in these early years becomes the foundation for adult health and well-being.

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