Casey Quinlan is an economy reporter for States Newsroom, based in Washington D.C. For the past decade, they have reported on national politics and state politics, LGBTQ rights, abortion access, labor issues, education, Supreme Court news and more for publications including The American Independent, ThinkProgress, New Republic, Rewire News, SCOTUSblog, In These Times and Vox.
Here’s when drug prices will start to decrease for Medicare recipients | Analysis
By: Casey Quinlan - December 6, 2022
Medicare patients spent $1B on insulin in 2020, according to Kaiser Family Foundation Starting next month, a $35 cap on insulin prices will go into effect for millions of Medicare recipients. The lower pricing is one of the first of several policy measures Americans will see in the coming months and years under the Inflation […]
Two communities find a cure for medical debt: pandemic stimulus funds
By: Casey Quinlan - November 21, 2022
Local governments in Ohio and Illinois are using American Rescue Plan Act money to relieve residents struggling with medical debt by partnering with an organization that buys debt and wipes the slate clean for debtors. It’s a strategy advocates say could be duplicated across the country to help erase a multi-billion-dollar problem.
4 takeaways on housing in light of Thursday’s inflation report
By: Casey Quinlan - November 11, 2022
Housing costs, including rental prices, are on the path to stabilizing but evidence of this won’t show up in inflation measures anytime soon, economists say. The latest Consumer Price Index numbers, which are used to measure inflation, came out Thursday morning and showed a notable easing. But the survey used to measure shelter, a large […]
The Fed raises interest rates again, signals more coming despite pressure to slow the pace
By: Casey Quinlan - November 3, 2022
The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that in its continuing efforts to tamp down inflation, it would raise interest rates yet again by another three-quarters of a point to a target range of 3.75 to 4%. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said during a press conference following the announcement that the “historically fast pace” of […]
Millions of workers are dealing with long COVID. Advocates call for expanding social safety net.
By: Casey Quinlan - October 24, 2022
Emily Withnall caught COVID-19 from her teenager in July 2020. In the more than two years since, the 40-year-old has suffered from debilitating fatigue, spinal pain and heart palpitations. In addition to her primary care doctor, she regularly sees a cardiologist and says her acupuncturist and craniosacral therapy help relieve her pain and the trouble […]
Costs of incarceration rise as inflation squeezes inmates, families
By: Casey Quinlan - October 13, 2022
Across the nation, prison commissaries are raising prices on items that many consider basic necessities — from deodorant to fresh fruit — not provided by the state department of corrections. The markups come as decades-high inflation is also squeezing inmates’ families, making it harder for them to help. It’s a burden that families shouldn’t have to shoulder, advocates say, and a situation that some worry will lead to unrest or violence.
GOP leaders target ‘woke’ investments through state pension funds
By: Casey Quinlan - September 19, 2022
North Carolina’s Dale Folwell is among a group of Republicans that eschew socially conscious investment strategies Republicans in state capitals across the country are targeting an investing concept known as environmental, social and corporate governance criteria, or ESG for short. Describing these investment criteria as “woke” and “misguided activism,” GOP officials argue that by taking […]
As rural homelessness increases, HUD aims money at helping people without access to shelters
By: Casey Quinlan - September 12, 2022
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up millions of dollars in funding for groups serving unhoused people in rural areas — an unprecedented move by the agency, say housing advocates. People living in cars, parks, and on the street at night, which the agency labels unsheltered homelessness, has increased across the nation, […]