Confronted with a shortage of test kits, rising COVID-19 cases, and pressure to reopen, many states are designing innovative contact tracing initiatives that use private and public health expertise, volunteers, and traditional phone calls to reach individuals who have been exposed to the coronavirus so they can self-isolate to stop the spread of infection.
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About Chris Kukka
Christine Kukka joined NASHP as its publications director and editor of its weekly e-newsletter in August 2017. She has many years of experience writing about health care access, cost, and equity, starting when she worked as a news reporter covering the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Since then, she has written about health care for numerous government and nonprofit health care websites, including the Hepatitis B Foundation, the Hepatitis C Support Project, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Innovations Exchange. She has also researched and authored injection safety training materials for village doctors in China, a project funded by PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health). Her focus at NASHP is to make sure the state health policy innovations that NASHP staff research and write about are accessible to a broad audience of state leaders, lawmakers, journalists, and other stakeholders.
Entries by Chris Kukka
In early March, Washington State experienced the nation’s first COVID-19 nursing home* outbreak, and the state quickly developed a response plan to address outbreaks at other nursing homes. Candace Goehring is director of Residential Care Services in Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), the agency that regulates and performs complaint investigations into […]
Malka Berro joined NASHP in 2018 as a research analyst with the Population Health team. She is involved with a wide range of projects related to mental health disparities, health and housing, immunizations, oral health, Medicaid, and health care system transformation. Prior to joining NASHP, Malka worked as a behavioral health policy and practice intern […]
Providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing Act requirements is an important role for housing providers, and state leaders can help guide them through the process. NASHP recently added new resources exploring HUD’s reasonable accommodations requirements to its Housing and Health Resources for […]
These questions and answers explain the role pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) play in the drug supply chain and highlight NASHP’s model PBM legislation that states can use to better oversee PBMs and protect consumers. What are pharmacy benefit managers? Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) contract with health plans to administer their pharmacy benefits. Depending what a health […]
Medicaid pays a large share of treatment costs for children with behavioral health conditions. In 2011, more than 4 million children enrolled in Medicaid had a diagnosed behavioral health condition. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has developed an informational fact sheet summarizing Medicaid provisions that cover behavioral health treatment for children. The […]
Voters in several states will decide whether to expand Medicaid – or preserve their expanded coverage — when they go to the polls this November. Medicaid expansion will be on Utah’s ballot, and is expected to be presented to Idaho and Nebraska voters this fall if enough signatures are collected. Montana’s Medicaid expansion is scheduled […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had a mixed response to two states’ innovative efforts to control Medicaid drug costs in June. The agency denied Massachusetts’ 1115 waiver request to create a closed Medicaid drug formulary, but it approved Oklahoma’s State Plan Amendment that authorizes supplemental rebates for value-based purchasing arrangements with pharmaceutical […]
If you’re working to control the cost of prescription drugs, you need to know the lingo used by the pharmaceutical industry. Below is a glossary of terms commonly used by players in the drug research, regulation, manufacturing, distribution, and purchasing worlds. Drug Product Terms Brand product: Branded products are not generic drugs or products. A brand can be […]
Since 2006, Massachusetts has mandated health insurance coverage for all residents. With effective repeal of the federal individual mandate scheduled for 2019, one option state policymakers are exploring to stabilize their insurance markets is mandating insurance for all, similar to Massachusetts. NASHP invites state officials to join key Massachusetts policymakers from 3 to 4 p.m. […]