Reforming States Group News

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  • Milbank Memorial Fund Seeks New Program Officer

    Dec 9, 2019

    The Milbank Memorial Fund is seeking a new program officer. The program officer is primarily responsible for facilitating the Fund’s Reforming States Group and leading its Emerging Leaders Program. The program officer will also identify and develop projects that advance the mission and success of the Fund, working with colleagues to coordinate and execute these Fund-sponsored activities. Read more

  • Washington, DC Receives First CMS Approval of Expanded Medicaid Coverage for Inpatient Mental Health Services

    Dec 9, 2019

    In November, the District of Columbia’s (DC) Medicaid program became the first to receive approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a demonstration that will address gaps in Medicaid’s coverage of behavioral health services by reimbursing institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) for treatment of adults with serious mental illness and/or serious emotional … Read more

  • Putting a Hepatitis C Cure Within Reach: States Negotiate Hard to Expand Access to Therapy

    Nov 25, 2019

    Louisiana and Washington State have led the charge in expanding access to affordable hepatitis C treatment, particularly for vulnerable populations. This article highlights three lessons other states can learn from these innovative agreements. Read more

  • Medicaid Coverage of Inpatient Mental Health Care: State Policy Options

    Nov 14, 2019

    A new report copublished by the Milbank Memorial Fund and the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at four options states have for accessing federal Medicaid funds for enrollees receiving certain inpatient services provided by “institutions for mental disease” or IMDs, to help them meet the demand for mental health treatment. Read more

  • Delaware HHS Secretary Kara Odom Walker on Meeting Her State’s Primary Care Needs

    Oct 11, 2019

    In a new “Milbank Quarterly” guest opinion, Delaware’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kara Odom Walker says that any solution that lowers health care costs and improves quality will require a foundation of enhanced primary care. Read more

  • 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

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