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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

Elder Abuse Is the ‘Silent Epidemic of Our Time’

The opioid abuse crisis may be contributing to a ‘staggering’ spike in adult protective services caseloads. And local officials fear the problem will only get worse.

Health & Human Services

The Opioid Epidemic Has Cost the U.S. More Than $1 Trillion

Most of the financial cost of the crisis came in the form of lost earning and productivity potential for those who had died.

Health & Human Services

Meet West Virginia’s New Drug Czar: Dr. Michael Brumage

“The main thing I want to bring with me to the table is an all-hands approach,” Brumage told Route Fifty. “This is not just about law enforcement and it’s not just about public health.”

Health & Human Services

Seema Verma: Medicaid Work Requirements Are ‘True Compassion’

Now that the Trump administration has approved work requirement waivers in two states—Kentucky and Indiana—as many as 11 more could follow.

Management

Mayors: Yes, We Too

“Those of us who are women who hold power … we have a responsibility to share our stories.”

Public Safety

Philadelphia’s Mayor Touts a Holistic Strategy to Ending Gun Violence

But Jim Kenney also warns his fellow mayors that “without the help of federal and state governments in education and job training and addiction services, we’re never going to turn the corner.”

Health & Human Services

15 Kentuckians Sue Trump Administration Over New Medicaid Waiver

The plaintiffs contend that waivers that require work as a prerequisite for health coverage will cause “irreparable harm to the health and welfare of the poorest and most vulnerable in our country.”

Health & Human Services

The CHIP Reauthorization Saga Is Over But the Damage Has Already Been Done

State officials aren’t likely to forget this episode of Congressional paralysis—and the precedent it set—any time soon.

Management

Los Angeles City Hall Really Needs a New Graphics Designer

The job requirements surprisingly do not include experience with Microsoft Paint.

Health & Human Services

Senate Republicans Blame Medicaid for the Rise in Opioid Deaths

But the data and the on-the-ground experience of local health officials beg to differ.

Health & Human Services

Kentucky’s Medicaid Waiver Will Do More Than Just Require People to Work

The state’s waiver would also impose monthly premiums on beneficiaries, and threatens six-month program lockouts on individuals who do not comply with Medicaid rules.

Health & Human Services

States OK’d to Test Impacts of Work Requirements for Medicaid Beneficiaries

The new guidelines would allow states to force some able-bodied childless adults to work as a condition for eligibility for the federal program.

Health & Human Services

Likely to Come Soon From the Trump Administration: Guidelines for Medicaid Work Requirements

Experts speculate that Kentucky could be the first state to see its work requirement waiver approved—a move that could mean 95,000 fewer enrollees in that state over the next five years.

Management

New Jersey’s Smallest Lame-Duck Loser—An Official State Microbe

Even though a legislative proposal lost out in Trenton, this bacterium helped win a Nobel Prize and cure a global disease.

Health & Human Services

Temporary CHIP Funding May Run Out Sooner Than Expected

That means hard conversations like when and how to freeze enrollment or terminate coverage altogether will be back on the table in some states.

Health & Human Services

The Fight for Medicaid Expansion Still Isn’t Over in Maine

Plus an update on Medicaid ballot initiatives in Utah and Idaho, and what the legislative tiebreaker in Virginia means for that state’s expansion.

Health & Human Services

Bad Data Is Partly to Blame in Texas’ Maternal Mortality Spike

Maternal health data in the U.S. is so imprecise the federal government hasn’t released an official annual count of pregnancy-linked fatalities since 2007.

Health & Human Services

New CDC Data: 2016 Was the Deadliest Year Yet for the Opioid Crisis

More people died from overdoses in 2016 than died from AIDS in 1995, the peak of that crisis.