News and Updates

  • Aging in America: What Can States Do to Support an Older Population?

    Jan 20, 2016

    In 2050, the population aged 65 and over is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double the number it was in 2012. The needs of this aging population will have wide-ranging implications for the country, presenting both challenges and opportunities for families, businesses, health care providers, and public programs. How can states help to create environments, policies, and programs that will … Read more

  • Massachusetts Legislators Travel to Colorado to Learn about Marijuana Legalization

    Jan 20, 2016

    Legislators from the Massachusetts State Senate recently contacted the Milbank Memorial Fund with a request. They wanted to learn about Colorado’s experience legalizing marijuana since there will likely be a voter referendum on the issue in their state. As with many states that want to learn from the experience of others, the Fund set up a four-day meeting in Colorado for eight members of the … Read more

  • Our 2015 Interns

    Dec 17, 2015

    For the last six months, the Milbank Memorial Fund has been lucky to have the input and effort of three talented young people. Our 2015 interns are Nisha Chojar, a senior at New York University (majoring in global public health); Esmeralda Aponte, a junior at … Read more

  • State Leaders Surveyed about Impact of RSG Meetings

    Dec 17, 2015

    Does bringing together state leaders make a difference? This fall, members of the Reforming States Group (RSG) were surveyed to find out. Each year, about 34 states—almost 100 people from the executive and legislative branches of both political parties—participate in the meetings, as well as attendees from Canadian provinces, Scotland, and Australia. In the survey, RSG participants were … Read more

  • John Selig to Leave Arkansas Department of Human Services

    Dec 17, 2015

    John M. Selig, Arkansas’ Department of Human Services (DHS) director, will leave the position at the end of the year. He held this position for 10 years, making him the longest-serving director in the state’s DHS history. In total, Selig has worked for Arkansas state government for 27 years, all but two of them with DHS. Originally appointed by Republican Governor Mike Huckabee, Selig also … Read more

  • States from Multi-Payer Primary Care Transformation Projects Come Together

    Dec 17, 2015

    The Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative (MC) held its annual meeting in Detroit in November. Forty participants from 15 states or regions were represented. Each state or region in the group is involved in multi-payer primary care transformation—either through CMS’s Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) demonstration, the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Initiative, … Read more

  • Q & A with Jane Beyer, the Fund’s New Program Officer

    Nov 17, 2015

    Jane Beyer joined the Fund and the Center for Evidence-based Policy as a Program Officer in October. Beyer, most recently the assistant secretary for the Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration in the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, will coordinate programs and projects between the Center and the Fund and work on state health policy projects for each … Read more

  • Reforming States Group Meetings in Full Swing

    Nov 17, 2015

    When the leaves start to change color, it’s time for the Reforming States Group (RSG) regional meetings. This year, meetings were held in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Nashville. Delegations … Read more

  • Long-Time Fund Collaborators Discuss Vested Interests

    Oct 21, 2015

    Several Milbank Memorial Fund collaborators gathered for a conference—Vested Interests: Who Really Influences American Medicine, Public Health and Health Policy?—at the University of Michigan on October 1 and 2. The event, which was sponsored by the university’s Center for the History of Medicine and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), was organized by Howard Markel, … Read more

  • State Actions to Promote and Restrain Commercial Accountable Care Organizations

    Oct 19, 2015

    Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), originally developed as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are growing—and serve both public and private sector payers. They have the potential to improve health care quality and patient outcomes while achieving cost savings. However, they may also present risks—including those related to solvency, consumer protection, and anti-competitive … Read more