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 […]
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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
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 […]
At least 11 states have acted to limit the dispensing of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine – prescription drugs that have been cited as providing protection against coronavirus (COVID-19) without adequate clinical evidence to support that claim. To protect consumers with or at risk of COVID-19 and to prevent stockpiling of these drugs, which treat malaria, rheumatoid […]
States have considerable prescription drug purchasing power through their state employee health plans and other public purchasers. The National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) newest legislative model, State Purchasing Pool Buy-in, leverages this purchasing clout by creating a program that allows individuals and businesses to buy into the state’s drug benefit plan to lower […]
Two weeks after California’s governor announced plans to produce generic drugs, 18 national Blue Cross Blue Shield plans said they will join with the non-profit Civica Rx to produce lower-cost generic drugs. As summarized in the National Academy for State Health Policy’s Jan. 13, 2020, blog Can States Really Produce Generic Drugs? The Civica Rx […]
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom captured national attention when he announced California’s intention to produce its own generic drugs, building on earlier state efforts. Last year, the governor issued an executive order charging public payers to combine their purchasing power to negotiate better prices, and to eventually expand to include other payers in the state. […]