All posts by Margot Thistle

Margot Thistle, Esq. is a managing editor of Health Policy News who has spent much of her career working directly on Affordable Care Act policy and implementation, including having lead plan management operational and policy planning for Vermont Health Connect, a state-based exchange. During her time at PCG, Ms. Thistle has worked extensively with state insurance departments and state agencies on health policy, market stabilization, and regulatory compliance matters. Ms. Thistle provides broad policy and regulatory support to PCG’s other health care clients across the country, analyzing policy and regulatory developments, providing strategic advice relative to regulatory questions, and drafting policy briefs and position papers. Ms. Thistle still has her admission ticket to the signing of Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006, the historical Massachusetts health reform bill that preceded the ACA.

CMS Releases Exchange Guidance for 2022

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first draft of its annual Exchange guidance at the end of November: the proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters ...

Regulatory Roundup

Final Medicaid Managed Care Rule, Transparency Requirements for Commercial Insurance Carriers and two Georgia Waiver Approvals Announced Over the past few weeks, two anticipated final rules were released by the ...

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.” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Updates on the State-Level Responses to COVID-19

As the U.S. continues battling the COVID-19 pandemic, individual states have enacted policy mandates and taken action to ensure patients have access to medication, healthcare, and COVID-19 testing and treatment—while ...

An Interview with Retired Deputy Fire Chief Ken Riddle, PCG’s Emergency Medical Services Subject Matter Expert

Health Policy News often features Medicaid-related policy topics; this month, we are featuring the first in a series of pieces that touch on Medicare policy—specifically, Emergency Medical Services (EMS). PCG ...

Public Comment Period on Draft Transparency in Coverage Rule Extended Until January 29th

The draft Transparency in Coverage rule was developed by the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (hereinafter “the Departments’) and published on November 27, 2019.  This rule ...

2020 Prediction: Continued Focus on Ensuring Access to Healthcare, Prescription Drugs, and Healthy Food to Combat Diet-Related Illness

Over the past year, Health Policy News readers were drawn to topics that were top of mind for many policymakers, as well as articles that detailed innovative solutions to complex ...