Last month, Congress extended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium until Jan. 31, 2021. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, the nation faces a housing crisis with an estimated 30 to 40 million renters at risk of eviction. States are stepping up to provide additional protections and some governors are issuing […]
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About Allie Atkeson
Allie Atkeson joined NASHP’s Population Health Team in June 2020 as a policy associate, where she works with states on policies and payment models to address social determinants of health. Prior to joining NASHP, Allie worked to advance public health policy in Virginia with Virginia Consumer Voices, the American Heart Association, and B2L Consulting. She has worked on projects with the Vermont Department of Health, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and also completed a year of AmeriCorps service in Washington, DC with the Latin American Youth Center. Atkeson has a BA in sociology from the University of Mary Washington and an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Health Resources and Services Administration trainee in the Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence. She is a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health and recipient of the David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship.
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Nonprofit hospitals can be important partners for states in promoting community health, especially through their community benefit investments. Montana’s Legislative Audit Division recently completed a report that calculated the total tax exemptions and community benefit spending by its 47 nonprofit hospitals and found they had no real impact on the health of Montanans.
Inequities in oral health and health outcomes are driven by upstream factors, including diet, education, transportation, and access to care. A growing number of states are working to improve the oral and physical health of Medicaid enrollees and reduce costs by addressing these social determinants of health in their managed care contracts.
Confronted with revenue shortfalls, the COVID-19 pandemic, and health disparities, states are tapping all available resources to address urgent health needs and plan for long-term recovery. Accessing new Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act resources, pursuing flexibility with current funds, and leveraging hospitals’ community benefit tax exemptions are strategies states are employing to […]
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an agency order temporarily halting residential evictions for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 through the end of 2020. This unprecedented action, which includes no provisions address landlords’ lost income, identifies housing as a key tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Alongside this […]
COVID-19 has greatly impacted dental care and oral health access in the United States. From closed offices to an increased need for personal protective equipment (PPE), states and providers are both facing challenges to connect patients to dental care. With reduced tax revenue and looming budget crises, states are also facing difficult budget decisions – […]
The importance of COVID-19 testing is clear, especially as new cases climb dramatically, reversing earlier successes at controlling the spread of the disease. Lack of a coordinated, federally-led testing initiative and protocols has prompted questions about how often testing should occur, whether both symptomatic and asymptomatic should be tested, and who should pay for it, and in what circumstance. As states […]