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August 10, 2015
Within days of the Supreme Court’s decision to save rather than eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the House of Representatives did something surprising: They passed a groundbreaking health care law with strong bipartisan support. That sounds like good news. However, this groundbreaking health care law is almost as controversial as the previous one.Read more
July 21, 2015
The health of communities depends on strong state leadership. With this in mind, the Milbank Memorial Fund—and the Reforming States Group (RSG)— has created the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), an interactive workshop designed to help individuals from the executive and legislative branches develop skills that will enhance their effectiveness in addressing the challenges of today’s complex health policy environment. About 20 individuals, who were nominated to participate, will attend the program, which will be held this week in Denver.Read more
July 21, 2015
When the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), an initiative of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS), wanted feedback from states about the program, they asked the Milbank Memorial Fund to convene a meeting to facilitate discussion between CMS and the states. The goal of IAP is to stimulate delivery system reform by states for Medicaid populations—and to support states’ efforts to strengthen the delivery of care provided through Medicaid.Read more
"Congress Passed the Affordable Care Act to Improve Health Insurance Markets,
Not to Destroy Them"
June 26, 2015
Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion in King v Burwell, which upholds health insurance subsidies for all eligible Americans regardless of where they live, virtually ends with the sentence quoted in the title of this essay. It is a declaration that brings to a close a 4-year epic journey of litigation designed to bring down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Read more
June 26, 2015
What fosters sustainable primary care transformation? What stands in the way? These questions are the focus of a Rocky Mountain Health Plans’ Issue Brief that highlights the work of the Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative (MC). Lisa Dulsky Watkins, MD, the Director of the MC—and three other experts with first-hand experience working with states—were interviewed and identified 10 lessons for achieving comprehensive primary care transformation.Read more
Christopher F. Koller
President of the
Milbank Memorial Fund
You would think a billion-dollar-a-year organization that pays its chief 20% of the market rate and turns that role over every two years—as is the case with state Medicaid programs—might start to consider the importance of leadership. Leadership also seems important for a public health agency charged with guarding the safety of food, water, and patient care, or a child welfare or human services agency.
Good leadership is equally vital in state legislatures, where officials construct state budgets—nothing less than public values statements—and develop laws, arbitrating between competing demands and conflicting notions of the public good.