To help state policymakers engage in difficult discussions around how best to lower the health care cost trajectory, the National Academy for State Health Policy created the slide deck, Understanding the Health Care Cost Conundrum in 2020, featuring factual information about rising health care costs. This toolbox features multiple sections that could be used together […]
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About Johanna Butler
Johanna Butler joined NASHP’s Emerging Policy Issues team in June 2018. She is involved with several projects related to lowering the cost of health care, focusing specifically on health system costs and prescription drug prices. She has also worked on advancing evidence-based policymaking through patient-centered outcomes research. Prior to joining NASHP, Johanna was an intern in the ranking member’s health policy office of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. She has also worked as the Lloyd Meeds Policy Fellow at K&L Gates and interned in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs. Johanna graduated from American University in 2018 with an interdisciplinary studies degree focused on communications, law, economics, and government, and holds a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies from the School of Public Affairs.
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COVID-19 and its impact on states’ economies and budgets has refocused attention on high health care costs. To help state policymakers engage in the difficult discussions around how best to lower the health care cost trajectory, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) created the slide deck Understanding the Health Care Cost Conundrum in […]
Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 852, a law enabling California to become the first state to produce its own generic prescription drugs, an idea first proposed in the Governor’s 2020-2021 budget. The new law aims to reduce the cost of generic drugs by boosting competition and increase patient access to certain generics, […]
Six states with laws enabling the importation of prescription drugs from Canada – Vermont, Florida, Maine, Colorado, New Mexico, and New Hampshire – are awaiting publication of federal rules currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget. They are eager to see if the final rules address key concerns submitted by the National […]
Hospitals and health care providers need financial support to respond to the pandemic and for future viability. In response, Congress allocated billions of dollars in relief funds through multiple existing and new programs. The disbursement of these funds is uncoordinated and so are public reports that track where the money is going, but states need […]
As the nation grapples with the pandemic, new research has identified dexamethasone, a low-cost generic drug, as a promising treatment for certain COVID-19 patients. But consumers worry – will its cost remain low? Will new treatments be affordable?
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 […]
As states respond to the need for increased hospital bed capacity due to COVID-19, governors and legislatures in 22 states have waived certificate-of-need (CON) requirements – streamlining the process for hospitals to add bed capacity. These waivers have focused attention on decades-old CON laws and their utility in a changing health care landscape. The National […]
As coronavirus (COVID-19) hospitalizations and ICU bed demand surge across the country, 13 states have quickly acted to implement temporary, targeted suspensions of their certificate of need (CON) requirements for construction or expansion of new health-care facilities to remove regulatory barriers to address this critical health care need. CON laws are state regulatory mechanisms to […]