Reforming States Group News

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  • How the Federal Government Supports State and Local Efforts to Improve Rural Health: A Q&A with Tom Morris

    Jun 27, 2019

    As a group, rural residents are older and poorer than other Americans and have worse access to health care services. These are just a few of the reasons why Tom Morris, associate administrator of rural health policy for the Health Resources Services Administration, and his colleagues are working “to make sure rural issues are front and center when policy issues are considered.” Read more

  • 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

  • Supporting Rural Health: Practical Solutions for State Policymakers

    May 29, 2019

    Many health care challenges are exacerbated in rural areas, such as limited access to services, provider shortages, and the prevalence of avoidable deaths from chronic disease and substance use disorders. In a new issue brief, Emily Whelan Parento, an O’Neill Institute Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, summarizes information presented at three Reforming States Group regional meetings of state and federal health officials and health services researchers working on rural health issues. The brief examines the importance of health care delivery models that promote and incentivize investment in community health, the need for workforce development such as programs to train and retain providers in rural areas, and the need for ongoing rural health research and policy development. Read more

  • Milbank Memorial Fund Supports New Report on the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children

    Mar 7, 2019

    Opioid addiction is well recognized as a national crisis, but its impact on children and adolescents whose parents are addicted has received little attention. A new report published by the United Hospital Fund (UHF), with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, makes clear that the magnitude of the epidemic’s impact is much greater than realized. Even if the … Read more

  • What’s on the Minds of State Health Policymakers? New Reforming States Group Projects for 2019

    Feb 28, 2019

    This past fall, at meetings of the Reforming States Group (RSG), 101 state health policy leaders from 38 states gathered in Portland (Oregon), Charleston, and Louisville to share strategies for improving population health. Legislators and executive branch leaders, usually attending as a state delegation, updated one another on recent health policy accomplishments and challenges in their home … Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Report: Bundling, Benchmarking, and Beyond: Paying for Value in Home- and Community-Based Services

    Jul 11, 2018

    State Medicaid agencies have been attempting—with increasing success—to encourage more long-term services and supports in home and community settings. But how do they know what they’re paying for and if the costs are appropriate for the quality their Medicaid beneficiaries are receiving? Bundled payments, a package of health care services paid for as a set, is an alternative home- and … Read more

  • Michelle Alletto to Join the Fund as Program Officer

    Jun 27, 2018

    Michelle Alletto will join the Milbank Memorial Fund as a program officer on August 1. In addition to providing support to the Fund’s Reforming States Group (RSG), Michelle will coordinate the work of the Fund’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and identify and implement projects that connect state health policy leaders with evidence and experience on particular issues of population … Read more

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