Webinars

Staff from CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC) hosted a webinar highlighting the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse.  During the March 7 session participants heard from two subject matter experts about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, state sponsored prescription monitoring programs, and CSG’s efforts to develop a prescription monitoring compact that would allow states to securely share prescription drug data across state lines.  

Sherry Glied, assistant secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke on the CSG webinar Feb. 28 on the recent federal decision to allow state policymakers to set “essential health benefits.”  The federal Affordable Care Act requires that individual and small group insurance sold in states after Jan. 1, 2014, both inside and outside the health insurance exchange, include a minimum package of essential health benefits (EHB). The Department of Health and Human Services estimates these plans will cover 30 million people, some of whom may currently be covered by plans with fewer benefits.Sherry Glied, assistant secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke on the CSG webinar Feb. 28 on the recent federal decision to allow state policymakers to set “essential health benefits.”

Medicaid is probably the biggest elephant in any room where policymakers are discussing state budgets, state policy or health care. Indeed, Medicaid made the CSG Top 5 Issues for 2012 in both health and fiscal and economic policy published earlier this month by CSG.

The CSG webinar “Medicaid Managed Care: Asking the Right Questions,” broadcast on January 12, 2012, addressed one way policymakers are looking to bend the Medicaid cost curve. States are using managed care to cover about two-thirds of all Medicaid members.

States are taking significant action to establish health insurance exchanges required under the Affordable Care Act.

That’s according to Steve Larsen, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who took part in a Dec. 6 webinar, “Health Exchanges: Understanding State Options and Deadlines,” sponsored by The Council of State Governments.

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