(Note: This blog post highlights an old version of the State Refor(u)m website. As such, most of the links in this post will not work.)
If you peruse some of the State Refor(u)m webpages (www.statereforum.org), you’ll see that it’s a place to find state-developed resources related to national health reform. This blog will synthesize resources and highlight state progress in implementing health reform. Here is a quick rundown of the purpose of the site, how it is organized, what is posted so far, what kinds of resources to submit, and how to post them.
What is statereforum.org?
Designed as a companion site to the State Refor(u)m listserv for state officials,www.statereforum.org is a place to post and organize resources that states reference in listserv posts or submit directly to the site for posting.
How is the website organized and what is posted so far?
Documents are categorized according to the NASHP Academy’s 10 priorities that states have to get right in order for health reform to succeed, as well as another critical priority that really stands on its own: implementation strategy. The strategy section includes resources like work plans and timelines (10 states), fiscal analyses (4 states), state health reform coordinating bodies(11 states), state legislation and executive orders (19 states), and state-specific overview analyses (4 states). If a strategy resource is also related to one of the “10 priorities”—like the recently-passed California legislation creating a health insurance exchange—we’ve posted it in both places, so that you can be sure to find it.
What other kinds of resources are worth submitting?
We are willing to post what you are willing to share. Just remember that this is a public website, so anyone can find and view the documents we post here. Here are some examples:
- State presentations at meetings you are attending.
- Lists of questions for the federal government on a given topic.
- Non-competitive grant application language.
- Comments on federal guidance or regulations.
How do I post a resource on the site?
- Please share resources with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will promptly upload them to the appropriate place on the site.
- Members of the State Refor(u)m listserv community and anyone else can submit resources for posting.
As we move forward with State Refor(u)m, please share your thoughts with us—let us know what you need from us in order to make this website and blog even more useful to you!
-The NASHP State Refor(u)m Team
Alan Weil, Sonya Schwartz, Kathy Witgert, Sarabeth Zemel, Rachel Dolan and Chris Cantrell