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Now That We Have Federal Healthcare Reform, How Will the States Actually Implement It?

 

Email Alert

By Claire Miley*

April 12, 2010

In the immediate wake of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (Federal Reform Legislation), most of us have focused on the substantive content of the provisions and have not yet looked ahead to how these massive reforms will actually be implemented. Fortunately, for those of us with too little time and too much to do, The State Coverage Initiatives program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, administered by Academy Health, has recently released a report entitled "Implementing State Health Reform: Lessons for Policymakers."

This report focuses on state health reforms that were ongoing prior to the enactment of the Federal Reform Legislation. It is nonetheless helpful as it addresses implementation issues that we will all soon face with federal reform efforts. Indeed, the report anticipates the enactment of federal reform and that it "will have enormous implementation implications especially for states." Thanks to Alan Goldberg for first spotting this report and posting it on AHLA's Healthcare Reform Discussion List. Happy reading!

*We would like to thank Claire F. Miley, Esquire (Bass Berry & Sims PLC, Nashville, TN), for providing this email alert.

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