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  • How Five States Are Supporting Family Caregivers

    Jun 19, 2019

    Family and unpaid caregivers play a foundational role in the care of older adults with complex health needs and disabling conditions. In a new report cosponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Milbank Memorial Fund, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health highlight five states—Washington, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, and Tennessee—that have advanced policies and programs in support of family caregivers. Read more

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  • A Better Way to Contain Medicaid Costs

    Jun 13, 2019 | Governor John Kitzhaber, Bruce Goldberg

    As the cost of health care continues to rise faster than state revenue, states’ Medicaid commitments undermine their ability to invest in education and other important priorities.1 In response, some states have embraced Medicaid block grants, in which they would receive a fixed annual sum from the federal government, as a way to avoid increasing program costs. The Tennessee legislature, for … Read more

States Tackling Health Care System Transformation with Federal Support

In the first of a new Milbank Memorial Fund series, Research Into Practice, Jennifer Lloyd et al. discuss three Milbank Quarterly articles that address whether state government is an effective agent for transforming health care systems within the United States. The brief is the first in a series that aims to make the research findings from Milbank Quarterly studies and their policy implications more accessible to policymakers and practitioners.

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    Investing in Primary Care and Dismantling Fee-For-Service

    May 2019 | K. John McConnell

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently unveiled its “Primary Cares Initiative,” which it describes as its biggest effort to replace fee-for-service payment and transform primary care delivery Read more

  • Original Scholarship

    Normalizing Tobacco? The Politics of Trade, Investment, and Tobacco Control

    May 2019 | Holly Jarman

    Public health advocates have used tobacco industry “denormalization,” or portraying tobacco product manufacturers as a deadly industry, to develop tobacco-control policies around the world. For this article, the author found that the tobacco companies were able to threaten regulations through international trade and investment laws because these laws treat tobacco firms like other commercial interests. Read more

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