Health Policy News Fall White Paper Released and Upcoming Webinar

Today, PCG’s Health Policy News team released our annual fall white paper. This year’s topic is “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Ten Years Later: States Take the Lead.” September 23, 2020 marked the 10 year anniversary of the start of implementation of major, long-term provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ...

Reducing Racial Disparities: Quality Improvement in Developmental Disability System Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has further compounded healthcare disparities faced by people of color and members of the disability community—a fact demonstrated in the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)’s recent COVID-19 bulletin #4, entitled Data on Racial Disparities. Citing data such as the Centers for ...

Health Policy Updates: COVID-19 and Beyond

As summer came to a close, health policy developments continued at the federal level. Below, we provide brief overviews of updates both related and unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with links to more detailed information about each. COVID-19 Updates As efforts to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continue at the federal and ...

NASHP’s 2020 Conference: Zooming in on Telehealth

The National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP)’s annual conference looked a little different this year, due to being delivered in a virtual format, but still included the same informative content that conference-goers have come to expect. As is typical, the conference sessions covered a broad range of topics; this year, largely related to the ...

Health Policy News Team Announces Fall Webinar & White Paper Release

On October 29th at 11am EST, the Health Policy News team will host a webinar to discuss the release of our annual fall white paper. This year’s topic is “States Take the Lead: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Ten Years Later.” Given the upcoming election’s impact on health policy and provisions of the ...

CMS Provides Guidance on Premium Reductions

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on August 4th allowing insurance companies to provide temporary premium reductions during the 2020 coverage year in the individual and small group markets. Doing so would otherwise violate the federal prohibition on mid-year premium changes. Given the savings insurers have experienced due to a sharp ...

COVID-19-Related Policy Developments Continue at the Federal Level

As the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Federal agencies continue to provide guidance to states and providers as they respond to the pandemic. As in our March, April and May articles, this post aggregates the latest updates from the federal pandemic response, including those relative to Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance ...

Insights from the Front Lines of Contact Tracing

Although Health Policy News does not normally include first person perspectives or features on Public Consulting Group project work, we believe that the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic warrant an exception. As such, I wanted to share a quick note about my work on PCG’s recently-initiated contact tracing projects, assisting several states in building ...

State Mitigation of COVID-19 Related Costs

On April 25, 2020, Health Affairs published a piece by one of the editors of Health Policy News, entitled “States Should Act Now To Mitigate Commercial Insurance Costs Associated With COVID-19”[1]. The piece focuses on actions states can take to potentially mitigate costs associated with COVID-19—specifically, examining the impact that COVID-19-related health insurance expenditures in ...

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