Contact tracing is an essential strategy for curbing the spread of COVID-19. When implemented quickly, isolation of people diagnosed with COVID-19 and identification and quarantine of close contacts can effectively interrupt disease transmission and reduce spread. Faced with rapidly climbing caseloads, testing delays, and increases in community spread, states and localities have had to prioritize high-risk […]
I am very pleased to announce the inaugural class of NASHP’s Emerging Leaders of Color Fellowship as a small step to achieve our goals of racial equity in state health policy. We were humbled to receive 108 applications for the three available fellowships and moved by the testimony of each fellow as they shared their […]
During the COVID-19 pandemic, states have used the Appendix K Emergency Preparedness and Response authority to amend Medicaid 1915(c) home- and community-based services (HCBS) waivers and quickly provide more flexible services and supports to Medicaid enrollees and, indirectly, their caregivers.
As COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths soar and federal guidance evolves, states are finetuning their vaccine distribution plans as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears poised to approve a vaccine later this week. The timely, safe, and equitable distribution of the vaccines falls squarely on states and their providers, who are already stretched […]
The adoption and use of telehealth have exploded across states, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for social distancing, and swift federal and state action to enable how telehealth is delivered and covered by insurers. These changes will have a lasting impact on how health care is delivered, affecting payers, medical providers, and patients […]
Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families face unique hardships in accessing school-based health services during COVID-19, especially children of color, those experiencing poverty, and those living in rural areas who have limited access to technology and acute socioeconomic needs. States are developing unique strategies to support the health needs […]
To showcase what states are doing to address health disparities that the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare, the National Academy for State Health Policy is highlighting state initiatives through reports and guest blogs, such as this one by Massachusetts Attorney General Office Health Care Analyst Noam Yossefy and Assistant Attorney General Sandra Wolitzky. A new […]
As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the country and daily case counts exceed 150,000, many states are working to confront long-standing racial and ethnic disparities that the pandemic is laying bare. While states are taking immediate action to address the health and economic consequences of the pandemic and preparing to distribute vaccines, their new […]
Nonprofit hospitals can be important partners for states in promoting community health, especially through their community benefit investments. Montana’s Legislative Audit Division recently completed a report that calculated the total tax exemptions and community benefit spending by its 47 nonprofit hospitals and found they had no real impact on the health of Montanans.
In partnership with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently held a virtual roundtable discussion of state officials to discuss maternal health initiatives in Illinois and Georgia and explore strategies to improve maternal health outcomes for Medicaid enrollees.