State of the States: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform

by Rebecca Farley on February 14, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a new publication detailing developments in state health reform policy over the course of 2010.

The report, “State of the States: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform,” provides information about falling state revenues and rising health care needs over the last year. It also outlines the steps states have taken to prepare for national health reform implementation, including the establishment of reform committees and task forces. The report explores several aspects of reform implementation in detail, including states’ actions on establishing pre-existing condition insurance plans, laying the foundation for state health insurance exchanges, increasing capacity for insurance regulation, and approaching challenges in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

This report was published under the State Coverage Initiatives Program, which provides timely information to states to help them move forward on healthcare reform at a state level. More information is available at www.statecoverage.org.

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