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September 09, 2016

States Take On Heroin, Illicit Fentanyl to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Seven states have been selected to develop action plans for reducing overdoses and deaths related to heroin and illicit fentanyl.

Medicaid High-Need, High-Cost Programs: Promising Practices for Evaluation Metrics

The majority of high-need, high-cost Medicaid enrollees’ poor outcomes are due to a health care system that is highly inefficient in measuring impact, health outcomes and cost savings. NGA, with the help from states, created core metrics to measure the success of high-need, high-cost programs.

States Focus On Comprehensive Approach To Reduce Tobacco Use

Tobacco use primarily starts in adolescence. A new paper from the National Governors Association outlines a multi-pronged approach states can adopt to prevent, control and reduce tobacco use, yielding savings in health care spending.


The NGA Center for Best Practices Health Division provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff across a range of policy issues. The health division covers issues in the areas of health care service delivery and reform, including payment reform, health workforce planning, quality improvement, and public health and behavioral health integration within the medical delivery system. Other focus areas include Medicaid cost containment, state employee and retiree health benefits, maternal and child health, prescription drug abuse prevention and health insurance exchange planning.