State Health Policy

Medicaid Expansion: An Opportunity to Address the Social Determinants of Health

June 07, 2018|10:34 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

On May 30, the Virginia Senate by a vote of 23-17 and the House of Delegates by a vote of 67-31 approved the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. With Gov. Ralph Northam expected to approve the legislation, the commonwealth is poised to become the 33rd state to expand its Medicaid program to cover an estimated additional 400,000 low-income adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), which is an annual income of no more than $16,753 for a one-person household. The bill authorized the expansion of Medicaid and included provisions requiring the state to submit a waiver to CMS establishing work requirements and cost-sharing requirements for the state’s Medicaid expansion population. If approved by CMS and implemented, Virginia will become the fifth state with work requirements in its Medicaid expansion program, joining Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Hampshire. Read More »

Quarterly State and Territorial Legislative Update

March 30, 2017|5:23 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

ASTHO continues to track the 2017 state legislative sessions and analyze bills impacting public health and state health agencies, including legislation addressing substance misuse and addiction, environmental health, communicable diseases, emergency preparedness and response, public health workforce, health information and data, community health, and disease and injury prevention. Read More »

State Legislatures Explore Taxing Prescription Opioids to Raise Revenue for Prevention and Treatment

March 23, 2017|3:26 p.m.| KT Kramer

Since 2015, legislators in at least seven states, as well as Congress, have introduced 15 bills to finance substance use disorder prevention and treatment activities by imposing a surcharge, tax, or fee on prescription opioids. Read More »

State Legislation Focuses on Contraceptive Access

March 09, 2017|3:29 p.m.| KT Kramer

ASTHO is currently tracking a variety of state legislation that expands access to contraceptives through insurance coverage requirements, allows pharmacists to dispense contraceptives, and supports the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives methods. Read More »

State Legislatures Continue to Focus on Vaccinations in 2017

February 02, 2017|3:12 p.m.| KT Kramer

Vaccines remain a vital and cost-effective public health intervention to prevent and control diseases, and state legislatures play an active role in developing vaccination laws that balance public health benefits with individual autonomy. As a result, vaccine policies are perennially considered during legislative sessions. Only one month into 2017, and ASTHO is tracking 61 bills from 22 states. Read More »

Public Health Issues to Watch in 2017

January 12, 2017|3:35 p.m.| KT Kramer

As the 2017 state legislative sessions get under way, trends in proposed legislation are emerging. Responding to the opioid epidemic remains a major priority for lawmakers. Read More »

States Implement Policy Measures in 2016 to Address Opioid Misuse

December 22, 2016|3:16 p.m.| KT Kramer

ASTHO tracked legislation across the 48 jurisdictions that held legislative sessions in 2016 to identify the actions policymakers are taking to protect public health. Read More »

How Public Health Fared on the Ballot in 2016

November 10, 2016|3:58 p.m.| KT Kramer

On Tuesday, voters across the country had the opportunity to influence state policy through ballot initiatives on key public health issues like marijuana use, tobacco taxes, and health system reform. While official results are a few weeks away, the preliminary results are in. Read More »