States' Rx for Health Reform

Thursday, Nov. 12 | 3:30–5 p.m.

States have not waited for the federal government to act on health reform; they are leading the way. Massachusetts boldly mandated health insurance coverage, created an insurance connecter and provided subsidies for low-income individuals. Now 97 percent of Bay State residents are insured. Maine and Vermont are also standouts in the move to provide coverage for all state residents. Several other states have pursued strategies to cover all children. Other states, including Iowa and Minnesota, are moving forward with cost containment and quality improvement strategies. This session will include a review of model state strategies, lessons learned and application of state policy to the national health care debate.