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States Improve Rural Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that three states will participate in an NGA learning lab to help combat the opioid epidemic. The project will focus on using teleconsultation to expand treatment for opioid use disorder in rural and other underserved communities. 

NGA Helps Washington Secure Medicaid Waiver Approval

Under a new federal Medicaid waiver, Washington will receive up to $1.1 billion in new federal funds to support and incentivize regional community-based initiatives that will improve health outcomes while reducing health care costs.

Housing as Health Care: A Road Map for States

States need to leverage housing interventions that improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Through this step-by-step guide, governors can create greater access to housing solutions for high-need, high-cost Medicaid enrollees.


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.