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Report Lists Key Policy Questions Facing State, National Health Reform
Date:2/8/2008

ntal strategies that expand health coverage for subpopulations within the uninsured, such as expansions aimed at children in Illinois, Hawaii, Missouri, and Texas; SCHIP eligibility expansions in New York; and efforts in Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, and Washington that expanded coverage to young adults.

In addition, a wealth of state activities took aim at system-wide improvements in quality, care coordination, and cost containment. Increasingly, states are coupling coverage expansions with strategies that target chronic conditions, wellness and prevention, the uptake of health information technology, and public reporting of information on cost and quality. With these efforts, states are working to improve quality, control costs, and improve the value of public and private programs.

"More and more often we're seeing states attempt to address health reform with a balance of coverage expansions, quality improvement efforts and cost-containment strategies," says Martinez-Vidal. "They continue to take the lead in addressing the problems of the uninsured."

For an online copy of this free report, visit http://www.statecoverage.net/pdf/StateofStates2008.pdf.

State Coverage Initiatives (SCI) works with states to plan, execute, and maintain health insurance expansions, as well as to improve the availability and affordability of health care coverage. SCI is a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation administered by AcademyHealth (http://www.AcademyHealth.org)

AcademyHealth is the professional home for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners, and a leading, non-partisan resource for the best in health research and policy. AcademyHealth seeks to improve health and health care by generating new knowledge and moving knowledge into action
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