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Utah | Jan 4, 2024 | Report | Health Costs

Most People Dropped in Utah’s Medicaid ‘Unwinding’ Never Tried to Renew Coverage

A survey of people who lost Medicaid coverage in Utah last year found just over half made no
effort to renew their coverage, in many cases due to difficulties with paperwork requirements,
reports KFF Health News. While many found insurance elsewhere—39 percent through an
employer and 15 percent through the Marketplace—thirty percent became uninsured and many
reported obstacles in reapplying for Medicaid. Nineteen percent said they never received
renewal documents from the Utah Medicaid enrollment agency, the Department of Workforce
Services. Fourteen percent said they didn’t get around to the paperwork, 13 percent said it was
too difficult, and 7 percent said they didn’t have the necessary documents to prove their
eligibility.


Massachusetts | Dec 29, 2023 | Report | Health Costs

Health Care Inequities Persist on Race, Class Lines Across Massachusetts

A report released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation finds racism is
preventing people of color, and those who don’t speak English as their primary language, from
receiving the same quality of healthcare that white people get, reports Mass Live. While the
report notes the progress that has been made toward addressing the cause and effects of
racism, there is still more work to be done. Efforts need to be coordinated and bring
stakeholders together in new ways, according to the foundation.


California | Dec 29, 2023 | News Story | Health Costs

California is the First State to Offer Health Insurance to All Undocumented Immigrants

As of January 1, 2024 all California residents, regardless of immigration status or age, will be
eligible for Medi-Cal—California’s Medicaid Program—reports ABC News. The program is
expected to provide full health care coverage for approximately 700,000 residents aged 26-49
who were not previously eligible.


Oklahoma | Dec 25, 2023 | Report | Health Costs

Oklahoma Releases Report Highlighting Affordability Challenges Among Aging Residents

A legislative report released by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services highlights health
care affordability challenges affecting the state's aging population, reports The Journal Record.
The report explains that seniors throughout the state are concerned about the cost of health
care and the lack of affordable transportation to services. Similarly, when asked about
recommendations to address other concerns, interview participants responded that the state
needs to examine opportunities address the deficit in affordable prescription drugs and medical
equipment.


Oregon | Dec 19, 2023 | News Story | Drug Costs

In Three States, Growth in Prescription Drug Spending Is Unaffordable Even When Accounting for Rebates

Data from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Oregon shows that even after accounting for rebates,
spending on prescription drugs has continued to grow at an unaffordable rate, according to
Health Affairs Forefront. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Oregon collect aggregate spending
data from payers as part of their cost growth targets and found that accounting for prescription
drug rebates did not lower spending growth to an affordable level, relative to household income
level, in the commercial market. Between 2018 and 2021, average retail prescription drug
spending in these states grew between 6.0 percent and 9.2 percent; accounting for rebates
reduced spending growth to between 3.2 percent and 6.1 percent during this time period.


Rhode Island | Dec 19, 2023 | News Story | Drug Costs

In Three States, Growth in Prescription Drug Spending Is Unaffordable Even When Accounting for Rebates

Data from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Oregon shows that even after accounting for rebates,
spending on prescription drugs has continued to grow at an unaffordable rate, according to
Health Affairs Forefront. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Oregon collect aggregate spending
data from payers as part of their cost growth targets and found that accounting for prescription
drug rebates did not lower spending growth to an affordable level, relative to household income
level, in the commercial market. Between 2018 and 2021, average retail prescription drug
spending in these states grew between 6.0 percent and 9.2 percent; accounting for rebates
reduced spending growth to between 3.2 percent and 6.1 percent during this time period.


Connecticut | Dec 19, 2023 | News Story | Drug Costs

In Three States, Growth in Prescription Drug Spending Is Unaffordable Even When Accounting for Rebates

Data from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Oregon shows that even after accounting for rebates,
spending on prescription drugs has continued to grow at an unaffordable rate, according to
Health Affairs Forefront. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Oregon collect aggregate spending
data from payers as part of their cost growth targets and found that accounting for prescription
drug rebates did not lower spending growth to an affordable level, relative to household income
level, in the commercial market. Between 2018 and 2021, average retail prescription drug
spending in these states grew between 6.0 percent and 9.2 percent; accounting for rebates
reduced spending growth to between 3.2 percent and 6.1 percent during this time period.


Colorado | Dec 18, 2023 | Report | Drug Costs

How Colorado’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board Is Working to Make Drugs More Affordable for Coloradans

Colorado’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB) has appointed 15 people to the
Prescription Drug Affordability Advisory Council, hosted a five-part learning series, adopted
rules and policies to guide their work, and selected five drugs for affordability review, according
to NASHP. The board has created opportunities for stakeholders to engage and provide
feedback to incorporate consumer voices in its decision-making. In the upcoming year, the
board will continue to review affordability review summary reports and, if a drug is deemed
unaffordable, consider setting an upper payment limit.


Missouri | Dec 14, 2023 | Report | Drug Costs

Missouri Becomes 50th State to Launch Statewide Prescription Monitoring Program

Missouri has launched a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, reports the Columbia
Missourian
. The program requires pharmacies to document when they dispense prescribed
Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances to patients and make dispensation information for
such substances available to prescribers, dispensers, and healthcare providers. Prescription
drug monitoring programs are recognized as an effective way to improve patient safety, reduce
low-value care and decrease health care costs related to inappropriate prescribing and drug
related injuries.


South Carolina | Dec 13, 2023 | Report | Affordability

Department of Health and Environmental Control Releases Report Highlighting Affordability Concerns, Health Disparities Across South Carolina

Affordable health insurance is a significant concern among South Carolinians, reports ABC 15
News
. The 2023 Health Assessment report composed by the South Carolina Department of
Health and Environmental Control and the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina describes the
top health issues facing South Carolinians, including: access to care; obesity, nutrition, and
physical activity; substance use; and mental health.