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Proceedings of the Medicaid 201 Leadership Policy Academy, Sept. 13-15, 2017

 

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2016 CSG National Conference
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Sponsored by the CSG Education & Workforce Development Public Policy Committee

State officials are closely watching as the U.S. Department of Education releases more information on what the new Every Student Succeeds Act,...

2016 CSG National Conference
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Sponsored by the CSG Health Public Policy Committee

Health spending in the United States is big business, consuming 17 percent of the gross domestic product. This session explored trends in health business including consolidation of hospitals, insurance and physician practices. Business tools such as pay for performance and value-based purchasing are used to reduce costs and increase positive outcomes. Consumer direction and price transparency...

Three speakers provided a look at major health policy issues, with emphasis on state policy options available in 2017. Michael Williams discussed health equity and disparities and how they drive health care costs. Dania Palanker reviewed health insurance exchanges and provided data for the 2016 open enrollment period. She also looked at the major policy proposals being considered by the incoming Trump administration. Ameet Sarpatwari analyzed pharmaceutical drug pricing and state policy recommendations recently developed by a work...

 

As states are battling heroin and opioid epidemics, they are doing so in the remnants of an economic recession that saw an estimated $5 billion cut from state mental health budgets. With less than two cents of every state and federal dollar allocated toward substance abuse and addiction spent on prevention and treatment, government at all levels, as well as private

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It has been 25 years since the passage of the first state law authorizing charter schools in Minnesota. On Saturday, Dec. 10 at the 2016 CSG National Conference, three panelists—state government leaders from Kentucky, Massachusetts and North Carolina—reflected on the history of charter schools and discussed visions for the future.

In Virginia, 1 in 8 people struggles with hunger. Members of The Council of State Governments gathered at the culmination of the 2016 CSG National Conference Dec. 11 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, to help address this need as part of the CSG Campaign Against Hunger initiative.

2016 CSG National Conference attendees received a blast from the past during the CSG Toll Fellow Graduation and Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 10--no time machine required. Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson shared their opinions on government and the Constitution in a conversation about America's beginnings.

With President-elect Donald Trump set to take office in January, all eyes are on the administration’s transition process, a sweeping and intensive effort that requires the participation of public servants from all levels of the federal government. While the transition looks different from president-elect to president-elect, there are a few key components that are universal to all successful transitions, Edmund Moy, the former director of the United States Mint who worked on George W. Bush’s transition team, told attendees at the “The Next Presidential Administration & Relations with the States” session Dec. 10 at the 2016 CSG National Conference in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Health spending in the United States is big business, consuming 17 percent of the gross domestic product. But according to experts at the “Health Care 2017: Rough Seas Ahead” session, sponsored by the CSG Health Public Policy Committee, at the 2016 CSG National Conference, higher health expenditures don’t always translate to better health outcomes.

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