The Trump Administration’s effort to address drug prices surfaced unexpectedly in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s recently issued proposed annual rule that regulates state health insurance markets, including coverage sold through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. The proposal encourages the use of generic drugs over brand-name drugs by both health plans and enrollees […]
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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 policymakers must often take action during an emerging crisis even when evidence identifying the best policy approach is not be available. This report, Evidence-Based Policymaking Is an Iterative Process: A Case Study of Antipsychotic Use among Children in the Foster Care System, explores successful state responses to dramatic increases in antipsychotic prescription rates in Medicaid-enrolled children […]
State regulators are already working to develop guidance and rules that will determine health insurance plans’ benefits and costs in 2020. However, states lack critical information to make updated calculations because the federal government has not yet released its 2020 Actuarial Value (AV) Calculator. Why is the AV calculator important? AV is used to sort […]
In early January, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) asked all state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid officials: How state CHIP funding exhaustion dates and contingency planning had changed as a result of the Dec. 22, 2017, continuing resolution that provided states with a short-term allotment of $2.85 billion, and What […]
Congress’ short-term patch for the currently unfunded Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program may not be enough to avoid disenrolling families as some state officials predict they will exhaust these funds as soon as January and February. Uncertainty about the program’s future persists as states work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to […]
Congressional inaction in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has put states – and the children and families CHIP covers– in a cliffhanger scenario. While there have been encouraging legislative steps taken to extend the program, the bill currently appears to be stalled. With the help of temporary, reallocated CHIP funding, states are continuing […]
How long would you drive your car with its gasoline gauge on empty when it’s full of people you care about as you speed along a highway? That was the analogy used by Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid officials during National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) annual conference held late last month. […]
The Sept. 30, 2017, deadline has come and gone and Congress has not yet extended federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but for now, the estimated 9 million children enrolled in the program remain covered. This is possible because CHIP, a block grant-funded program, provided annual allotments to states and a portion […]
With less than two weeks to go before current federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ends, Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden have introduced a bipartisan bill to extend the program for five years. However, state officials face the unsettling possibility that if Congress is unable to pass this legislation and appropriate […]
We are five weeks away from September 30th, the date current federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to end. Although states can use some of the unspent federal funds that were previously allocated to them, it is projected that those funds will be exhausted during the next fiscal year, beginning […]