‘Non-partisan’ health policy group advances Democrats’ equity agenda

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National Academy for State Health Policy says states should mandate anti-racism training and promote race-based hiring

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Patrick Hauf • September 26, 2022 04:56

Influential health care political group that claims to be non-partisan is pushing state governments to ‘advance health equity’ – a controversial Democratic policy agenda that includes mandatory anti-racism training and grounded hiring initiatives on race.

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), which claims to develop “health policy innovations and solutions” in everything from health care coverage to prescription drug prices, has promoted left-wing agenda at its annual conference this month, which included panels on “investing in equity” by increasing the number of minority employees working in health care. The nonprofit hosted a speech by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee (Wash.), who last year signed a bill eliminating certain crimes from health worker background checks because of their “unfair impact on candidates from minority backgrounds.

The conference comes just months after the group released a Short titled “State Strategies to Increase Diversity in the Behavioral Health Workforce,” which encouraged states to “target the growing engagement of [Black, Indigenous, and people of color] throughout the workforce” through policies such as mandatory “structural racism” training.

This push for health equity – a slogan among leftist policy makers that can to understand the rationing of medical resources based on race – has gained traction within the Biden administration and Blue State Health Services in recent years, raising questions about the group’s claim to be a nonpartisan arbiter health policy. The Oregon Health Regulatory Board, for example, requires “cultural competency” training for licensed health care providers. Massachusetts, meanwhile, spent $250,000 last year to launch a program to recruit minorities into its behavioral health workforce.

The end goal of these “health equity” initiatives is to help health care providers “confront the systems and policies that have resulted in the generational injustice that has given rise to health inequities. ,” according to guidelines from the Biden administration’s Centers for Disease Control.

A NASHP spokeswoman said her fairness memo was accepted by policymakers from both political parties.

“Reducing health disparities – and addressing their social and economic causes – is at the heart of many of these efforts, with blue and red states taking care of it,” she told the Washington Free tag.

However, in light of NASHP’s health equity efforts, Republican officials such as Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares say the group cannot be trusted by policymakers as a nonpartisan source. information and analysis.

“It is disturbing to see the National Academy for State Health Policy, which claims to be nonpartisan, adopt a partisan liberal agenda,” Miyares told the Free tag. “States should take a close look at the rhetoric and activities of the NASHP and not embrace more divisiveness and division, especially when it comes to public health.”

This isn’t the first time the NASHP has bolstered Democratic policies — the group has played a crucial role in helping Democrats to deploy themselves Obamacare subsidies through the Inflation Reduction Act passed in August. The grants were previously set to expire this year, which would have resulted in significantly higher premiums for Obamacare enrollees across the country.

The group met with several Democratic lawmakers in May who feared the spike could jeopardize their party’s midterm campaigns. A week later, a group of 26 Democrats sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) citing NASHP research on the need for this extension, the Washington Examiner reported.

NASHP has deep ties to the infrastructure of the Democratic Party, according to a Free tag investigation. Trish Riley, who led the group for much of the past four decades as president and board member, worked for former Maine Democratic Gov. John Baldacci and is now a Party committee chair. Maine Democrat. She has donated more than $50,000 to Democratic campaigns since 1992, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Several other NASHP employees have worked for Democratic leftist campaigns, offices and organizations, such as the Center for American Progress. The group is funded by Arnold Ventures, a billionaire-backed black money group that lobbies for climate change regulation and gun control.

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