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 […]
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About Maureen Hensley-Quinn
Maureen-Hensley Quinn, Senior Program Director, at the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) leads the Emerging Policy Issues team that focuses on states’ efforts to finance, provide and improve coverage and care through public and publicly subsidized health programs. Maureen participates in and manages multiple projects that focus on health coverage for children, streamlining eligibility, enrollment and renewal policies and procedures affecting multiple health coverage programs, as well as supporting states’ efforts to implement federal and state health care reforms. In addition to research and analysis of federal and state laws and regulations, Maureen has designed and implemented technical assistance for states that includes state-to-state peer learning activities. Maureen directs NASHP’s children’s coverage work that supports the nation’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) directors to continually improve coverage and care for low- to moderate-income children and pregnant women.
Prior to joining the staff of NASHP in 2007, Maureen was the Medical Specialist at the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA). At CTAA, Maureen focused on the public’s access to health care through analysis of public health coverage (Medicaid in particular) and state and federal transportation policies. Prior to working at CTAA, Maureen was a Mediator/Legal Analyst within the Insurance Division of the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s Office. In this role she provided education to consumers and advocated on their behalf for improved treatment and coverage, particularly in health care (both public and private). Maureen received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Merrimack College in Massachusetts and earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the John W. McCormack School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Entries by Maureen Hensley-Quinn
State employee health plans (SEHPs), which provide health coverage for millions of public employees, their dependents, and some retirees, are making rapid changes to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This retooling of insurance plans must meet emerging federal requirements and ensure that coverage meets enrollees’ needs while managing costs and anticipating budget constraints. During a recent […]
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, health systems are increasing their use of virtual tools and telehealth at unprecedented speed and insurers are expanding coverage for the services. These tools have great potential to help consumers access services that may be difficult to do so in-person and help physicians manage patients’ care remotely. As the […]
With support from Arnold Ventures, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is expanding its capacity to help states lower the trajectory of their health care spending through its new Center for State Health Care System Costs. Modeled on the work of its Prescription Drug Pricing Center, this new center will address health system […]
US Census Bureau data released this past week revealed 8.5 percent (27.5 million people) did not have health coverage at any point during 2018 – an increase from 7.9 percent (25.6 million people) in 2017. The latest census data also affirmed fears raised after reports of declining child enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health […]
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently finalized a rule that significantly changes immigration policies related to “public charge” determinations. Under long-established US immigration policies, individuals who are deemed likely to become a “public charge” and require extensive government support can be denied an adjustment of their immigration status (e.g., issued a green card) or […]