State Health Watch 1999 Index

TOPIC Index

Ambulatory Surgery

Tough NJ law targets office-based anesthesia, Jan:1

Office anesthesia guidelines modeled after amb surg regs, Jan:2

Illinois Blues want to move surgery to office setting, Jan:3

Antitrust

States examine proposed Aetna-Prudential merger, Feb:7

Behavioral health

Missouri tries capitated payment system for children, Mar:9

Montana behavioral health officials replace vendor, Apr:10

States expand coverage for mental illness, July:1

Iowa Medicaid program rolled out, Sep:1

Iowa Medicaid projects funded, Sep:2

Pennsylvania Medicaid providers get rate increase, Nov:5

Children; Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

California officials overhaul CHIP outreach programs, Jan:3

RWJF kicks off campaign for children's insurance, Feb:9

Welfare reform cited in drop of children's insurance in PA, NJ, Feb:9

Grants available to study children's insurance, Mar:7

Missouri tries capitated payment system for children, Mar:9

States seek flexibility in spending funds, June:6

Oregon seeks coalition's help in administering CHIP, Oct:1

Mathematica to undertake study, Oct:3

Nation still behind in covering kids, says Families USA, Dec:8

Ideas on getting, keeping kids covered, Dec:9

Clinical care

Debates reopens on cesarean section guidelines, Mar:10

Medicaid programs begin to adopt disease management, Apr:4

Program publicizes for emergency contraception, Oct:2

Counties

Counties seek role as Medicaid contractors, May:1

Minnesota seeks waiver approval for county Medicaid purchasing, May:6

Successful county contracting in Santa Barbara, May:8

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds grant program, May:9

HCFA sets ground rules for county Medicaid contracting, July:1

Data

Wisconsin gets ready to collect physician data, Jan:4

FACCT kicks off Iowa consumer survey, Feb:4

South Carolina maps health data, Mar:1

Oregon Medicaid collaborates with public health, Mar:3

Missouri offers community health data, Mar:4

North Dakota analyzes environmental health, Mar:5

Federal agencies encourage sharing of data, Mar:6

Model state privacy law released, July:3

Congress faces deadline on privacy legislation, July:9

Florida publishes industry data on-line, Nov:8

Psychiatric group slams proposed privacy regs, Dec:1

Summary of proposed regs, Dec:3

Disabled

Model programs aim to maintain Medicaid benefits, Jan:1

Federal government provides income support for the disabled, Jan:6

Debate over funding heads to Supreme Court, Apr:1

Supreme Court expands services for disabled student, Apr:3

Grants available for organizing services, July:8

States cover drug costs for elderly, disabled, Oct:7

Workers move closer to Medicaid benefits, Dec:1

Elderly

North Carolina studies baby boom generation, Jan:10

States cover drug costs for elderly, disabled, Oct:7

Elderly get a break on drug costs in California, Dec:6

Emergency services

Providers seek to expand scope, Jan:8

LA County tests strategy to lower ED costs, Apr:7

ED project targets satisfaction, lower costs, Apr:7

Washington state finds illegal ED coverage denials, Apr:9

Federally qualified health centers

FQHCs seek cost-based Medicaid reimbursement, Feb:1

FQHCs seek help from Congress on Medicaid, Sep:1

Profound changes reported, Sep:9

South Carolina centers serve CHIP enrollees, Dec:7

Centers lobby for funding, Dec:7

HIV/AIDS

Washington state adopts unique identifiers, Sep:3

Key features of Washington state HIV reporting, Sep:4

California adopts needlestick legislation, Sep:7

Home and community-based services

Debate over funding heads to Supreme Court, Apr:1

Supreme Court expands services for disabled student, Apr:3

Grants available for organizing services, July:8

Supreme Court decision promises flexibility, Aug:1

Hospitals

Maryland commission mulls rate reduction, Mar:7

Hospitals re-enlist in critical access program, June:9

Grants help with transition to critical access, Nov:8

California endorses minimum nursing staffing, Dec:3

Immigration

Guidelines clarify immigrants' rights to health care, July:5

Insurance; managed care

Small-market reforms succeed without rocking market, Feb:1

States examine proposed Aetna-Prudential merger, Feb:7

Kaiser must cover Viagra, says California, Feb:8

Court official challenges plan for Missouri Blues, Mar:8

NCQA calls for voluntary external review of plans, May:1

California HMOs push voluntary reviews, May:2

Michigan examines external review process, May:3

New York City looks at small businesses, May:10

Access barriers exist even with insurance, says AHCPR, May10

New York City, Texas projects target small businesses, July:9

Employer coalitions rebound, Sep:5

Washington state addresses individual market, Oct:1

California law expands HMO liability, Nov:1

Long-term care

Wisconsin slows reorganization of long-term care, Feb:10

Minnesota pursues performance-based contracting, Oct:4

Medicaid

States rely on Medicaid HMOs, Feb:3

Family coverage made part of BadgerCare, Mar:1

Oregon Medicaid collaborates with public health, Mar:3

Medicaid programs begin to adopt disease management, Apr:4

Counties seek role as Medicaid contractors, May:1

Minnesota seeks waiver approval for county Medicaid purchasing, May:6

Successful county contracting in Santa Barbara, May:8

Proposal would help expand family planning services, June:1

Philadelphia project analyzes pregnancy outcomes, June:3

Legislation would help enroll elderly in Medicaid, June:8

HCFA sets ground rules for county Medicaid contracting, July:1

TennCare officials try cash infusion, July:7

Medicare HMO leaves Virginia project, Aug:4

HCFA sets standards for enrolling elderly, Aug:8

Iowa behavioral health program rolled out, Sep:1

Iowa behavioral health projects funded, Sep:2

FQHCs seek help from Congress on Medicaid, Spt:1

Minnesota pursues performance-based contracting, Oct:4

Plan departure has a bright side, Oct:6

New York City rolls out mandatory managed care, Nov:1

Pennsylvania behavioral health providers get rate increase, Nov:5

Disabled workers move closer to Medicaid benefits, Dec:1

Nursing

California endorses minimum nursing staffing, Dec:3

Pharmaceuticals

Settlement in price-fixing case, Jan:7

CA providers to receive millions in settlement, Apr:9

Firms call a truce in substitutions battle, Aug:9

Demographics threaten rural pharmacies, Sep:6

Program publicizes emergency contraception, Oct:2

Conscience clauses become an issue, Oct:3

States cover costs for elderly, disabled, Oct:7

Medicare coverage uneven, Oct:9

States challenge Internet dispensing, Nov:7

Elderly get a break on costs in California, Dec:6

Physicians

Wisconsin gets ready to collect physician data, Jan:4

Texas law expands physician bargaining, Aug:1

Public health

Oregon Medicaid collaborates with public health, Mar:3

Critics blast privatization of clinics in Pennsylvania, Apr:1

Teen birth, abortion rates continue downward, June:7

Model state privacy law released, July:3

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Kicks off project for children's insurance, Feb:9

Offers grants for community projects, May:9

Telemedicine

Blue Cross implements California, Aug:7

Tobacco

Legal challenges threaten quick settlement, Apr:8

Viagra

Kaiser must cover Viagra, says California, Feb:8

Welfare reform

Welfare reform cited in drop of children's insurance in PA, NJ, Feb:9

Bonus offered for drop in non-marital births, June:1

State Index

California

California officials overhaul outreach programs, Jan:3

Kaiser must cover Viagra, says California, Feb:8

LA County tests strategy to lower ER costs, Apr:7

ED project targets satisfaction, lower costs, Apr:7

California to receive millions in pharmaceutical settlement, Apr:9

California HMOs push voluntary reviews, May:2

Successful county Medicaid contracting in Santa Barbara, May:8

Blue Cross implements telemedicine project, Aug:7

California adopts needlestick legislation, Sep:7

Law expands HMO liability, Nov:1

Elderly get a break on drug costs, Dec:6

Colorado

Small-market reforms succeed without rocking market, Feb:1

Florida

Small-market reforms succeed without rocking market, Feb:1

Florida publishes health care industry data on-line, Nov:8

Georgia

Debate over funding of home and community services heads to Supreme Court, Apr:1

Illinois

Illinois Blues want to move surgery to office setting, Jan:3

Iowa

Small-market reforms succeed without rocking market, Feb:1

FACCT kicks off Iowa consumer survey, Feb:4

Public and private employers combine forces, Feb:5

Medicaid behavioral health program rolled out, Sep:1

Medicaid behavioral projects funded, Sep:2

Maryland

Maryland commission mulls hospital rate reduction, Mar:7

Michigan

Michigan examines external review process, May:3

Minnesota

State seeks waiver approval for county Medicaid purchasing, May:6

HCFA sets ground rules for county Medicaid contracting, July:1

Demographics threaten rural pharmacies, Sep:6

Performance-based contracting in Medicaid nursing home care sought, Oct:4

Missouri

Missouri offers community health data, Mar:4

Court official challenges plan for Missouri Blues, Mar:8

Missouri tries capitated payment system for children, Mar:9

Montana

Behavioral health officials replace vendor, Apr:10

New Jersey

Tough NJ law targets office-based anesthesia, Jan:1

Welfare reform cited in drop of children's insurance in PA, NJ, Feb:9

New York

Small-market reforms succeed without rocking market, Feb:1

New York City looks at small businesses, May:10

New York City, Texas projects target small businesses, July:9

Program publicizes emergency contraception, Oct:2

New York City rolls out mandatory Medicaid managed care, Nov:1

North Carolina

North Carolina studies baby boom generation, Jan:10

Small-market reforms succeed without rocking market, Feb:1

North Dakota

North Dakota analyzes environmental health, Mar:5

Ohio

Small-market reforms succeed without rocking market, Feb:1

Oregon

Model programs aim to maintain Medicaid benefits, Jan:1

Oregon Medicaid collaborates with public health, Mar:3

Oregon seeks coalition's help in administering CHIP, Oct:1

Pennsylvania

Welfare reform cited in drop of children's insurance in PA, NJ, Feb:9

Critics blast privatization of clinics, Apr:1

Philadelphia project analyzes pregnancy outcomes, June:3

Medicaid behavioral health providers get rate increase, Nov:5

South Carolina

South Carolina maps health data, Mar:1

Family Health Centers serve CHIP enrollees, Dec:7

Tennessee

TennCare officials try cash infusion, July:7

Texas

Public health privacy measure considered, July:3

New York City, Texas projects target small businesses, July:9

Texas law expands physician bargaining, Aug:1

Vermont

Model programs aim to maintain Medicaid benefits, Jan:1

Small-market reforms succeed without rocking market, Feb:1

Virginia

Medicare HMO leaves project, Aug:4

Washington

Finds illegal ED coverage denials, Apr:9

Adopts unique HIV identifiers, Sep:3

Key features of HIV reporting, Sep:4

Addresses individual market, Oct:1

Wisconsin

Model programs aim to maintain Medicaid benefits, Jan:1

Wisconsin gets ready to collect physician data, Jan:4

Wisconsin slows reorganization of long-term care, Feb:10