Category: COVID-19

The Hidden Costs of COVID-19

As we enter 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic is surging through the United States yet again, this time fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Although the symptoms of this variant ...

Reflections on 2021 and Predictions for 2022

In our last edition of the 2021 calendar year, the Health Policy News team looks back at major health policy-related topics from the last year, as well as discusses the ...

COVID-19 Autumn Policy Roundup

As 2021 ends, the COVID-19 virus is still infecting thousands of people in the country each day. Although the summer provided a brief respite from the virus—with case counts dropping ...

Vaccine Mandates: Steps and Tools to Assist with Compliance

Over the last few weeks, several COVID-19 vaccine-related policy proposals affecting various employee types and employer configurations were released at the federal level. These proposals would require some employers to ...

NASHP Conference Features COVID-19 Updates and Forward-Looking Policy Discussions

Nearly every panel at this year’s annual National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) conference—which took place from September 20-22—inevitably included some focus on the implications and impact of the ...

Summer 2021 COVID-19 Updates

The summer months have seen a downturn in the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States, with 56.1% of the total population having received at least one dose of a ...

Post-Pandemic Telehealth Utilization

Background The last year saw a significant increase in the use of alternative health care delivery methods (especially telemedicine, or telehealth1), as patients either avoided or were unable to access ...

Health Policy News – May 2021

This month’s edition features two articles that examine the Exchange-related guidance and future policy priorities recently announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the second final Notice ...

Analyzing the Effects of Public Health Messaging on Vaccine Hesitancy

Introduction To date, the COVID-19 vaccination effort has been largely successful for the United States; however, vaccine hesitancy is a major factor preventing the nation from reaching herd immunity. The ...

Health Policy News – April 2021

This month’s edition of Health Policy News features a recent PCG white paper on Syndromic Surveillance—a tool that has been central to helping state and local health departments track the ...