At a time when American adults living below the poverty line are over 50 percent more likely to smoke than other citizens, health care services provided through Medicaid may make a real difference. A new paper by researchers from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) analyzed state Medicaid coverage policies to see which ones were most effective.
May You Live in Interesting Times: The Challenges of Health Policy Analysis in a Turbulent Period
A purported Chinese curse -- “May you live in interesting times” -- seems apt for this current chaotic period of American public policy. (It appears that the quote does not actually have Chinese origins and was simply coined by an English politician in the 1930s to sound sagacious.) As a student (and teacher) of health policy, there is no question that the past year, during which Congress and President Trump tried repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), had high political drama, with fingernail-biting day by day acti
Brian Bruen and HPM Team Author Report for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) published a summary report on state Medicaid programs’ management on high-cost Hepatitis C medications, which was authored by several researchers in the Department of Health Policy and Management. The report highlights the key findings of a MACPAC-funded study that involved analyses of drug utilization and expenditure data, publicly available documents outlining state policies, and interviews with state officials.