The New Leader Weekly Briefing

The New Leader Weekly Briefing

In this week's briefing: NLC Nashville and Kentucky Fellow highlights, policy discussion opportunities, and more! 

Policy, News and Events for the NLC Community 

February 9, 2018

NLC Leaders in the News: 

  • NLC Nashville 2018 Fellow Gicola A. Lane featured via "Why one Nashville woman works day and night to get low-income residents out of jail" 
  • NLC Kentucky Fellow Ashley R. Oliver offers her reflection on the first NLC Institute weekend


Center for American Progress: Election Security in 50 States: Defending America’s Elections

  • Monday, February 12, 2018; 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm; Washington, DC
  • In 2016, Russia sought to breach the U.S. elections, including attempting to hack into many states’ election systems. Fourteen months later, despite many states taking proactive measures, U.S. election infrastructure remains vulnerable to attacks. Without leadership from this administration to defend America’s elections from attacks by sophisticated enemies who want to undermine our democratic process, the necessary funding and resources to protect future elections have not been forthcoming. Despite bipartisan efforts in Congress to bolster election security and provide needed funding, legislation remains blocked. The Center for American Progress is releasing a report on election security preparedness in all 50 states, assigning grades to each state. CAP’s research and report card are designed to identify and provide information on strengths and shortcomings in each state’s election security preparedness. A better understanding of how each state can improve its election security preparedness can help build urgency for appropriate solutions and arm stakeholders with information to demand increased security measures.Please join CAP for a discussion about best practices and the vulnerabilities in election infrastructure that threaten to undermine America’s free and fair elections—the cornerstone of our self-government. We will feature major figures on the front lines of this important national security issue.

The Brookings Institution: Patient cost sharing for prescription drugs: Policy Issues

  • Friday, February 16, 2018 9:00 am - 11:15 am; Washington, DC
  • Prescription drug costs continue to grow in the U.S. due to both price hikes for existing drugs and the development of expensive new therapies. In Medicare, these costs now account for $1 out of every $6 in spending . As costs grow, particularly for specialty drugs and novel therapies, patients can face high cost-sharing burdens, and the Medicare benefit places no limit on a patient’s out-of-pocket spending for prescription drugs. Moreover, while increased rebates have often mitigated the growth in net drug prices, many patients still pay cost-sharing based on a percentage of the gross (pre-rebate) drug price. On Friday, February 16, the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy will host a conference on the policy issues surrounding patient drug cost sharing. Two panels will convene, first to discuss restructuring the Medicare Part D benefit design, and then to debate the effectiveness of mechanisms to reduce cost sharing for commercially insured patients.
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Policy Reports

Center for American Progress: 10 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2018

The Brookings Institution: How cities can strike a win-win deal for Amazon HQ2

Bipartisan Policy Center: Department of Energy State-Level Funding


Politico: What the budget deal does


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