Category: State Activity

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 ...

Health Policy News – January 2021

Even though we are only one month into 2021, an incredible amount of health policy developments have transpired since our last edition! We have several updates in this first edition ...

How States Can Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest public health crisis of our lifetime—but fortunately, it has been met with a scientific response equally as strong. Multiple vaccines were created, tested, ...

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. ...

Reflections on 2020 and Predictions for 2021

Continued Responses to COVID-19 State and Federal Responses to COVID-19 in 2020 and Expectations for 2021 At the start of 2020, COVID-19 was a peripheral thought for most people in ...

New State Funding Opportunity Released

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a second cycle of the State Flexibility to Stabilize the Market Grant Program. A follow-up to grants initially ...

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.” ...

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 ...

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 ...