NASHP Leaders’ Summit: Views on the Current Congressional Debate

In signaling that it will craft its own health reform proposal, the U.S. Senate opens the door for new approaches to address cost, coverage, and access. In tandem, state officials are assessing the impact of potential changes and weighing their options. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently “took the pulse” of state health policy leaders, representing the geopolitical diversity of the states, to collect their thoughts about reform. Through a short survey, meetings, and a focus group of leaders representing insurance, Medicaid, governors’ offices, legislatures, and health insurance exchanges, these states identified both practical approaches and questions regarding the impact of possible Congressional action. This snapshot briefly summarizes the concerns of that disparate group of state officials, all engaged in implementing health reform.

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