State of the States 2011

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Laying the Foundation for Health Reform

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Executive Summary

This year’s edition of State of the States, “Laying the Foundation for Health Reform,” outlines the significant, wide-ranging efforts undertaken by states in 2010 in spite of major budget challenges and rising demand for public health care programs. These include:

  • Establishing committees and task forces to study the impact of the Affordable Care Act and develop strategic plans for responding to its provisions;
  • Implementing state-based pre-existing condition insurance plans;
  • Working with insurance carriers and the public to implement insurance market reforms included in the ACA;
  • Improving premium rate review processes and considering the impact of medical loss ratio requirements;
  • Collecting data and planning for state-based health insurance exchanges;
  • Reducing costs and improving outreach and enrollment efforts in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan; and
  • Undertaking efforts to improve the health care delivery system and promote population health.