Prescription Drugs

Unless something surprising happens, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is expected to take the bench before the Supreme Court hears the most recent challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on November 10. But before she is confirmed the Court will hear 10 cases in its October siting with only eight Justices on the bench.

At least four of those cases are of interest to states and local governments. The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC)...

CSG Midwest
Across the country, communities are dealing with an epidemic of drug abuse and overdoses. And nowhere is this health crisis more pronounced than in the Midwest: Between 2008 and 2013, the number of heroin-related overdose deaths in this region increased sixfold.

CSG Midwest Question of the Month ~ January 2013

Answer: In a 2012 survey done by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 16 states, including Illinois and Kansas, reported having some type of “script limits” in place for Medicaid recipients.

CSG's brief on State Health Insurance Exchanges describes the decisions states need to make in 2011 and 2012 to prepare for the exchanges to open in late 2013. Also read about what health insurance exchanges can accomplish and how state Medicaid programs will be involved.

CSG also hosted four regional webinars this month featuring Joel Ario, the Department of Health and Human Services official in charge of implementing the health insurance exchange provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Ario said the federal government is responsible for all necessary expenses states will incur between now and 2015 as they move to implement exchanges.

February Health Policy e-monthly readers linked most often to this story, as well as how states are avoiding Medicaid costs by keeping seniors in their communities rather than nursing homes:

  • Kaiser Family Foundation report on promising practices in several states
  • Federal government funding to 42 states to build community alternatives.