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July/Aug 2007

SCI Announces States Participating in the Coverage Institute

Fourteen states have been accepted to participate in the State Coverage Initiatives program’s second annual Coverage Institute. Participating states are Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Focusing on substantial and comprehensive care health reform, the goals of the Institute are to:

  • Provide support to states that are seriously considering substantial and comprehensive health reform; and
  • Develop the capacity of state officials to understand the implications of different programmatic decisions and how those may impact the existing system.

The Coverage Institute will bring together states to work with one another around the development and design of those reforms. In late September, the Coverage Institute will begin with an intensive two and a half day meeting that allows state teams to discuss major issues of health care reform. Each selected state will participate in a highly interactive, team-based process for developing policy and program recommendations. During the process, the Coverage Institute faculty will share their expertise with various issues including: insurance market reforms, reinsurance, other methods to subsidize coverage, connectors/exchanges, Medicaid waivers and the Deficit Reduction Act, health systems improvement, and strategies for building stakeholder and policymaker support.

The SCI team looks forward to working with the states and helping them move their reform plans into action.