Preparing to Implement Health Care Reform: Examples from the States

by Rebecca Farley on October 1, 2010

A new publication from The Commonwealth Fund outlines some of the steps that states must take to begin successful implementation of health care reform. The Commonwealth Fund recommends that:

  1. States engage with a broad range of stakeholders and state leaders to ensure that the choices offered reflect the needs of the residents as well as the actuality of the state system.
  2. States should develop a strategic plan which reflects the State’s priorities as well as its goals.
  3. States must engage consumers and solicit information on health reform as well as provide education to the public.

The report includes a chart with information on 16 states that have already created implementation teams within the state. Included in this chart are the press releases or executive orders which outline the responsibilities of the teams. (See also “Overview of State Legislative and Executive Implementation Actions” on this site.)

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has also published a report outlining 10 priorities that state policymakers should keep in mind for health reform implementation. The NASHP report covers strategies for simplifying and integrating eligibility systems, expanding provider and health system capacity, effective use of data, and much more.

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