In the absence of federal legislation, states are actively seeking tools to reform their health care systems. While 1115 waivers rightly get a lot of attention, because of their ability to reshape state Medicaid programs, the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1332 waivers continue to be a promising avenue for states to stabilize their health insurance marketplace. SHVS is tracking state activity and has many resources, including a template, for states interested in pursuing a Section 1332 waiver.
State Network Annual Meeting Plenary Presentations
The State Health Reform Assistance Network hosted its Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon to bring together state officials and State Network technical assistance providers for a three day intensive meeting from July 11-13, 2012. The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for state officials to hear from Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Len Nichols, and Jeanene Smith during plenary sessions. The video clip of Governor Kitzhaber’s opening plenary speech can be downloaded below by clicking on the video icon below. Len Nichols gave a presentation on the next steps for health reform implementation after the Supreme Court decision and lessons to be learned from United States history on the challenges that lay ahead. Jeanene Smith provided an overview of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations and its triple aim of better health, better care, and lower costs. These plenary slides can be viewed individually by clicking on the links below or downloaded as one document by clicking the ‘download’ button to the left.
Len Nichols’ Lunch Plenary presentation: Health Reform Implementation: What the Heck Do We Do Now?
Jeanene Smith’s Lunch Plenary presentation: Transforming the Oregon Health Plan: Coordinated Care Organizations