Expert Perspectives

Feb 7, 2018 

More States Looking to Section 1332 Waivers

As federal health reform legislation has stalled, health policy attention turns to the states, which have many tools to reform their health care systems. While 1115 waivers rightly get a lot of attention, because of their ability to reshape state Medicaid programs, the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1332 waivers continue to be a promising avenue for states.

Jan 17, 2018 

CHIP Announcements and Notification Letters

January 23, 2018 UPDATE: With passage of a continuing resolution on January 22, Congress reauthorized funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years through federal fiscal year 2023.

Since federal funding expired for CHIP, states have had to forecast when their existing funds might run out. The states that will deplete their funds soonest have started to notify enrollees of the possibility of coverage loss. State Health and Value Strategies will be tracking notifications and other actions that states are taking on CHIP and will update this map as new information becomes available.

Jul 20, 2017 

How States Can Integrate Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) into Payment and Quality Improvement Policies

Where people live, work and play — and the experiences they have, especially growing up — matters. These social determinants of health (SDOH) include a broad array of social and environmental risk factors such as poverty, housing stability, early childhood education, access to primary care, access to healthy food, incarceration and discrimination. State policy makers are increasingly focused on SDOH because of their important influence on health care outcomes and Medicaid spending.