State Implementation of National Health Reform: Harnessing Federal Resources to Meet State Policy Goals

Research Report

State Implementation of National Health Reform: Harnessing Federal Resources to Meet State Policy Goals

March 30, 2011

Abstract

This report for the State Coverage Initiatives program of AcademyHealth explores how states could use resources provided by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to achieve five goals:

- Increasing coverage and access to care;

- Reforming health insurance to function more like a traditional market;

- Holding insurers accountable;

- Reforming health care delivery to slow cost growth and improve quality; and

- Reduce state budget deficits.

The paper, "State Implementation of National Health Reform: Harnessing Federal Resources to Meet State Policy Goals," concludes that federal legislation gives states powerful new tools for making progress towards longstanding policy objectives.

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