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?
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About Trish Riley
Trish Riley is executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and president of its corporate board. She helped build NASHP as CEO from 1988 to 2003.
Previously, she was a senior fellow in State Health Policy at George Washington University and at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. From 2003 to 2011, she served as director of the Maine Governor’s Office of Health Policy and Finance, leading Maine’s effort to develop a comprehensive, coordinated state health system that included increasing access to affordable health insurance. She was the principal architect of Dirigo Health Reform and served as Maine’s liaison to the federal government and Congress, particularly during deliberations around national health reform. She chaired the Governor’s Steering Committee to develop a plan to implement the Affordable Care Act in Maine.
Riley has also held appointed positions under five Maine governors, directing the Office on Aging, Medicaid and state health agencies, and health planning and licensing programs.
Riley has published and presented widely about state health reform. She served as a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), the Health Services Committee of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy for Social Insurance, and the board of directors of Maine’s co-op insurance plan. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Subcommittee on Creating an External Environment for Quality. She also previously served as a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on Quality Assurance. Riley holds a BS and MS from the University of Maine.
Entries by Trish Riley
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 loosen restrictions on stay-at-home orders, many are struggling to establish clear and consistent COVID-19 testing protocols to support individuals’ safe return to work and school and identify ways to pay for increased testing. Absent federal guidance, there is significant debate about who is responsible for funding testing – insurers argue a test must be medically necessary and employers […]
The brutal deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless people of color before them, and the shocking disparities in death rates from the coronavirus, are tragic examples of the still pervasive racism in America. For organizations like NASHP, it is not enough to speak out – we need to redouble our efforts, along […]
Today, a coalition of 20 national organizations representing consumers, health care providers, and health plans sent a letter to Congressional leaders supporting a recent National Governors Association’s request that they increase federal matching funds for Medicaid by 12 percent.
Updated June 12, 2020 Last week, states received a minimum of $1.25 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, Title V) to use at their discretion to address issues related to the pandemic. These dollars may be used to fund necessary COVID-19-related expenses that have not been addressed in their […]
States must be sound stewards of taxpayer dollars and the need to do so now is particularly acute as states confront financial landscapes devastated by the pandemic. Federal investments are providing relief to unemployed workers, small businesses, schools and universities, hospitals, and other health care providers. Additional funding is directed to governors to parse out […]
Billions of federal dollars have begun to flow to the nation’s hospitals to help them treat COVID-19 patients and withstand revenue losses due to delayed elective surgeries and other procedures. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act): Increases Medicare payments to hospitals for COVID-19 admissions by 20 percent; Permits the Centers for […]
It’s National Public Health Week, a week that often passes without notice. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a profound awareness of the extraordinary commitment and bravery of frontline health care workers and all those who keep society functioning. To give thanks seems too little. To fight so they have the tools they need to work […]
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 […]