In spite of major budget challenges and rising demand for public health care programs, states undertook significant, wide-ranging efforts to lay a foundation for health reform, according to the 2011 State of the States report titled, Laying the Foundation for Health Reform.
State of the States: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform takes an in-depth look at state health policy efforts in 2010 and provides insights and lessons learned on:
- Establishing committees and task forces to study the impact of the Affordable Care Act and develop strategic plans for responding to its provisions;
- Implementing state-based pre-existing condition insurance plans;
- Working with insurance carriers and the public to implement insurance market reforms included in the ACA;
- Improving premium rate review processes and considering the impact of medical loss ratio requirements;
- Collecting data and planning for state-based health insurance exchanges;
- Reducing costs and improving outreach and enrollment efforts in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; and
- Undertaking efforts to improve the health care delivery system and promote population health.
This report is a valuable guide for state policymakers—it highlights the efforts of states that have made early achievements in implementing the Affordable Care Act as well as the accomplishments of innovators who have sought to control costs and improve the quality of health care for their residents.
The report is free. Visit http://www.statecoverage.org/stateofthestates2011/ for your copy.