Category: State Activity

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 ...

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 ...

Health Policy News – March 2021

This month, we provide updates on topics covered in recent editions, including an update on the latest health policy developments relative to the COVID-19 public health emergency, digital healthcare access ...

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 ...

Health Policy News – February 2021

In the month since the presidential inauguration, the Biden administration has been busy putting its mark on U.S. health policy. A new Marketplace Open Enrollment Period has begun, and the ...

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 ...