COVID-19 has profoundly affected the health care landscape, raising anew concerns about the high cost of hospitalizations while simultaneously placing new burdens on those facilities and curtailing non-emergency services. Providers, unable to see patients for routine care, lost revenue and many free-standing physician practices are now at risk, and now face increasing pressure to merge […]
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About Ellen Schneiter
Ellen Schneiter is the Deputy Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, where she blends her experience in public and non-profit sector grants and financial management with a long background in health policy. Ellen served as State Budget Officer and later as Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Maine in Governor John Baldacci‘s Administration. She also served as the Vice President for Finance and Administration for the University of Maine at Augusta.
Ellen’s health policy experience and interests focus on health financing and health systems reform. She served in Governor Baldacci’s Office of Health Policy and Finance, working to develop and implement a comprehensive range of health system reforms. This work built on her previous experience as the Executive Director of Maine’s Health Care Reform Commission, which served as a precursor to Governor Baldacci’s Dirigo reform initiative. Ellen also has extensive experience in health care quality improvement through her work with the Maine Medical Assessment Foundation, which was engaged in groundbreaking research in the area of small area variations analysis.
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The landmark $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), enacted last week, includes critically important new funding to help states in their fight to combat COVID-19. Governors and legislatures, most adjourned to comply with social distancing bans on public gatherings, will need to make quick but informed decisions about how best to […]
Rising health care costs are an intractable problem in the United States, but states, faced with balanced budget requirements and growing voter concern, aren’t waiting for a federal solution. This report explores state initiatives to curb health care costs by: Leveraging Medicare’s well-established reimbursement rates as reference prices for state employee plans to address rising […]
As Congress debates the future of the ACA and Medicaid funding, one question looms large: What will proposed changes mean to state budgets that are already under significant pressure? On July 6th, after protracted wrangling, Illinois enacted its first budget in two years. Maine and New Jersey experienced brief shut downs and Washington narrowly avoided […]
States are significant purchasers of health care for Medicaid, inmates in correctional facilities, and public employees. Despite considerable efforts to maintain affordability, drug pricing continues to vex state budgets. While Medicaid is the largest single health expenditure in state budgets, spending on health care for public workers including state employees and retirees, legislators, judicial employees, […]