Proposals to End Medicaid Expansions Threaten Support to Address the Opioid Crisis

A new analysis by GW Health Policy and Management researchers concludes that Medicaid expansions are helping states cope with the rising toll taken by the opioid crisis. It also suggests that Congressional proposals to end the Medicaid expansion program may undermine efforts to address this growing public health problem.

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.

Jacobs Institute Releases White Paper on Pregnant Women and Substance Use

The Bridging the Divide project at the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health has released a new white paper on pregnant women and substance use, which is designed as a resource for policymakers, advocates, and the media. It summarizes research on the effects of substance use and related policies on the health of pregnant women and their children, and highlights the dangers of policies that punish women for using drugs while pregnant rather than taking a public health approach. This is particularly relevant to policies and programs being developed in response to the current opioid epidemic.

Gibbs Leadership Prize: Best Manuscript of 2016 in Women's Health Issues

The Editorial Board of Women’s Health Issues is pleased to announce that the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in Women's Health Issues in 2016 (Volume 26) has been awarded to Aimee Kroll-Desrosiers, MS, a doctoral candidate in Clinical and Population Health Research and a biostatistician in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Naomi Seiler Publishes in Public Health Reports

Naomi Seiler is the author of "Alcohol and Pregnancy: CDC's Health Advice and the Legal Rights of Pregnant Women," published in Public Health Reports (2016 Jul-Aug;131(4):623-7).