February 18, 2009
The Healthcare Reform Educational Task Force hopes that you have enjoyed the reports that our state teams have sent over the course of the past few months regarding healthcare reform efforts that have occurred to date in their states. Now that most 2009 state legislative sessions are underway, we are watching for new state developments and will keep you apprised as they arise in the states where we have reporting teams.
As a reminder, the primary purpose of our task force is to focus on access, affordability, and coverage aspects of healthcare reform. There are many other health law topics that could potentially be included under the umbrella term of "healthcare reform," such as scope of practice of healthcare professionals, reporting requirements, and access to and protection of healthcare information. Some of our state reporters have voluntarily touched on these types of topics in their summaries of what's happened to date in their states, even though not required by our task force's mission. However, to better streamline our reporting process for 2009, our state updates will likely focus primarily on access, affordability, and coverage.
As a final note, please be aware that we don't yet have reporters for the following states: AR, HI, ID, IA, LA, MN, MT, NE, NV, OR, RI, SD, WA, and WY. Our email alerts are intended to be quick and brief (a few paragraphs and no more than a page) summaries of healthcare reform initiatives that are published within a few days or a week of being introduced or considered by either the governor or the legislature. If you are interested in volunteering for our healthcare reform email alert program, please contact either Claire Miley or Pamela Zagorski.