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.

Update on Vermont’s Efforts to Implement Wholesale Importation of Prescription Drugs from Canada 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many state policy efforts over the last year, with state agencies across the U.S. re-deploying their staff towards tracing and vaccination work. This has undoubtedly contributed to less momentum on drug importation efforts at the state ...

California Eyes Generic Drug Production to Curb Prescription Drug Costs

California has long been an innovator in prescription drug cost control efforts. In 2017, the state passed SB 17, a piece of drug pricing legislation with multiple reporting requirements aimed ...

Prescription Drug Pricing Reform Efforts Continue

This post marks the first in a planned series of updates from Health Policy News on prescription drug cost control measures. In this month’s installment, we highlight ongoing efforts through ...

First-of-Its-Kind Tennessee Block Grant Approved by CMS

On January 8th, 2021, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval of Tennessee’s final Medicaid Block grant proposal[1] which the state had originally submitted in 2019. ...

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 ...