Top Health Policy Resources of 2021

State Network is home to 800+ health policy resources used by decisionmakers in all 50 states. 2021 was a year in which people continued to realize the importance of state-level policymakers with regards to health and healthcare. As we begin 2022, State Network will continue to deliver the latest research from experts in the field on topics like COVID-19 and the related public health emergency, Medicaid innovations focused on eliminating disparities and advancing health equity, prescription drug prices, and more. 

Here’s a look back at the five most popular State Network Resources of 2021: 

  1. What Medicaid Expansion Means in Your State
    • This short video covers the basics of Medicaid expansion: what it is, what it means for states, and how it can increase access to care. 
  2. State Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Health Equity 
    • The COVID-19 pandemic shed light on longstanding health disparities across racial groups. This brief explores challenges and opportunities for states to achieve greater health equity. 
  3. Medicaid Managed Care Contract Language: Health Disparities and Health Equity 
    • Medicaid agencies across the country are bolstering efforts to advance health equity. This report includes real world examples of equity-oriented managed care contracts from 12 states and the District of Columbia. 
  4. Federal Policy Recommendations to Advance Health Equity 
    • People’s ability to live a long and healthy life depends to a significant degree on their race, their income, and where they live. This series of briefs offer evidence-based recommendations for policymakers to ensure all people have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.  
  5. Advancing Health, Equity, and Well-Being Through Community-State Data-Sharing Partnerships: Thought Leader Insights
    • Communities are leading innovative data sharing efforts across public health, healthcare, and social services to address community member’s needs. This report provides practical insights for states and communities on how sharing data can improve health and well-being.