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Quinn Libson

Quinn Libson
Quinn Libson is a Staff Correspondent for Government Executive's Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.
Health & Human Services

Here’s What CHIP Means to This Pittsburgh Mom of Three

“I think they need to see the faces of the mothers and children they’re impacting. We’re not numbers or budgets. We’re people.”

Health & Human Services

‘Parents Need to Know’: Virginia Sends Notifications That CHIP Coverage Could End

“[I]f one more congressman tells me ‘no problem, they believe in CHIP and they’re going to fund it’ and still they don’t, I think I’m going to scream. Because promises aren’t paying the bills and keeping kids covered.”

Tech & Data

3 Takeaways From the American Community Survey

The survey, which is collected over a five-year period is the nation's only source of small-area estimates for socio-economic and demographic data.

Health & Human Services

Emergency CHIP Funds for States Are Nearly Halfway Gone

States may not be able to count on reallocated money from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for much longer.

Health & Human Services

How Do You Tell Tens of Thousands of Parents Their Children May Lose Health Coverage?

With reserve funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program running out, officials in states like Virginia find themselves in a completely unprecedented position.

Health & Human Services

CMS Has Given States More Than $600 Million to Keep CHIP Running

As many has 14 states and territories have needed emergency funding from the federal government. That number is bound to grow if Congressional delays continue.

Health & Human Services

America’s Opioid Epidemic Has a $504 Billion Price Tag

In a new report, The White House Council of Economic Advisers is the first to take the economic cost of lives lost into account.

Health & Human Services

For Some Local Officials Fighting Opioid Crisis, Feds Are All Talk And Offer Very Little Money

“Declaring a health emergency without offering any additional resources is akin to saying ‘I want to get a job’ but I don’t send in a resume and I don’t go for interviews.”

Finance

New Poll: Americans Think CHIP Authorization Is More Pressing Than Tax Reform

Americans think Trump and Congress should tackle the opioid epidemic, hurricane relief and immigration reform, but the majority of the public does not think a tax overhaul should be a top priority.

Health & Human Services

60% of Maine Voted for Medicaid Expansion, But Gov. LePage Has Some Conditions

The Republican governor says he will block Medicaid expansion (again) until the state legislature can find a way to pay for the program.

Health & Human Services

Maine Becomes 1st State to Expand Medicaid by Ballot Vote

Two other states, Utah and Idaho, may attempt their own expansion-by-referendum on next year’s ballot.

Health & Human Services

Medicaid Head Signals Future Approval for Work Requirement Waivers

In a speech before the National Association of Medicaid Directors, Seema Verma outlined the administration’s vision and called for a “reset” of the federal-state partnership.

Health & Human Services

Here Are The Medicaid Stories You Should Be Watching

A Medicaid expansion by ballot measure in Maine, the looming cliff in Puerto Rico and news from Utah and Wisconsin.

Health & Human Services

White House Opioid Commission Submits Its Final Report

Here are some of its recommendations that will matter most for state and local governments.

Health & Human Services

Local Health Officials Decry House Plan to Gut Disease Prevention Fund to Pay for CHIP

The House plan to reauthorize CHIP would cut the Affordable Care Act’s Public Health and Prevention Fund by 75 percent over the next decade.

Health & Human Services

New CDC Data Show the Role of Fentanyl and Its Analogs Play in Opioid Death Toll

No state was as harder hit by fentanyl’s animal tranquilizer cousin, carfentanil, than Ohio.

Health & Human Services

Trump Opioid Declaration Falls Short in One Key Area—Money

“We’re pleased to see that the administration is calling attention to the opioid epidemic, but we are concerned that this comes without any new resources,” according to NACCHO interim director Laura Hanen.

Health & Human Services

CBO: Bipartisan Health Bill Could Lead to More State ACA Waivers

Under the Alexander-Murray proposal, states would no longer be required to enact legislation before applying for a waiver. Some Department of Health and Human Services standards used to evaluate applications would be changed, too.