New Roles for States in Health Care Reform

by Rebecca Farley on September 20, 2010

To help states maintain a dialogue around health reform and learn from each other’s successes, the NGA has partnered with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD), and National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) to create the State Consortium on Health Reform Implementation.  The Consortium website provides information and technical assistance to the states on issues related to implementing health care reform. It includes links to publications on topics such as:

  • Medicaid/CHIP
  • State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges
  • Insurance Regulations
  • Delivery System Initiatives
  • HHS Guidance

In an interview with The Commonwealth Fund, Ray Scheppach of the National Governors Association (NGA) discussed new roles for states in health care reform and offered suggestions for how states can effectively plan for reform.  Mr. Scheppach recommended that states create teams to oversee health reform implementation, create a strategic plan to guide their efforts, and conduct a needs assessment to identify deficiencies and strengths in existing programs. He also emphasized the importance of states developing task forces to ensure state-wide coordination and to engage stakeholders in the discussion.

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