News and Updates

  • Reforming States Group Meetings Focus on Leadership During Transition

    Dec 19, 2018

    2018 was a major year for state leadership change. Nearly 82% of all state legislative seats were up for election and elections for governor were held in 36 states. During three Reforming States Group (RSG) meetings in November and December, attendees from 38 states discussed likely effects of the recent election on state and federal health policy—and the importance of  leadership during … Read more

  • Bipartisanship and State Health Policy: Recent Work from the Fund

    Dec 19, 2018

    If durable policy remains the result of bipartisan efforts, what does the future of state health care reform look like? In a new NEJM Perspective piece, The Future of Health Care Reform — A View from the States on Where We Go from Here, Christopher Koller, Fund president, along with researchers Christina Pagel and David K. Jones, asked state health policy leaders about what a shift toward state … Read more

  • Milbank Memorial Fund Hiring New Communications Director

    Dec 4, 2018

    The Fund is hiring a new communications director. The director, a critical part of the Fund’s team, oversees all aspects of the Fund’s communications efforts. He/she will develop and execute the Fund’s communications plan, ensuring that all communications are consistent with the Fund’s strategic direction, are of the highest editorial and design quality, and reach the Fund’s target … Read more

  • State Leaders from Around the Country Come Together for Reforming States Group Meetings

    Nov 29, 2018

    Beginning in November and through early December, state government health policy leaders from around the country are heading to Portland, Oregon, Louisville, Kentucky, and Charleston, South Carolina for the Reforming States Group’s three annual fall meetings. The Reforming States Group (RSG) meetings are the hallmark of the group, composed of state health policy leaders from both the … Read more

  • States Join National Initiative to Advance Strategies for Supporting Family Caregivers

    Nov 29, 2018

    The Milbank Memorial Fund has joined several other foundations—including The John A. Hartford Foundation, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation—to work on a national initiative to advance strategies in support of family caregivers. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), which is implementing the initiative, announced earlier this month … Read more

  • Announcing the 2019 Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth State and Local Innovation Award

    Nov 27, 2018

    For the second year in a row, the Milbank Memorial Fund has partnered with AcademyHealth to recognize state and local efforts to advance the use of data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. State and local health agencies require robust data and analytics for program design, operations, and evaluation. However, these agencies often lack the capacity to … Read more

  • Working Together to Address the Multigenerational Effects of the Opioid Epidemic

    Oct 31, 2018

    Treatment for opioid addiction usually focuses on the individual. But children and family members of the addicted individual are also affected—and overlooked, say researchers Carol Levine and Suzanne Brundage from the United Hospital Fund (UHF), who maintain that an urgent response to the “ripple effect,” as it’s called, is needed to prevent the multigenerational trauma that affects … Read more

  • New England States to Collaborate on Key Health Policy Issues

    Oct 31, 2018

    States share a common set of problems and issues emerging from rapid changes in health care markets and regulatory environments. For states that share borders, economies, and health care markets, why not collaborate, instead of working on these issues separately? That was one of the takeaways from a 2017 meeting sponsored by the Milbank Memorial Fund and the New England States Consortium … Read more

  • Primary Care Investments Are Top of Mind for Many New England States

    Oct 31, 2018

    Representatives from state agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont met earlier this month to hear and discuss reports from multi-state workgroups related to Certificate of Need reform and hospital regulatory issues,  improving the value of community benefits reports, data-sharing opportunites, and primary care investments. The meeting was … Read more

  • New Cohort Begins the Fund’s Leadership Program

    Sep 27, 2018

    The Fund kicked off the newest session of its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) earlier this month at an in-person meeting in San Francisco. The third group of state health policy officials to participate in the program included 18 leaders from 15 states, including both legislators and those from the executive branch. Created in 2015, the ELP has evolved into a practical, skills-based program … Read more