News and Updates

  • New RSG Projects for 2017: What’s on the Minds of State Health Policymakers?

    Apr 27, 2017

    Every year, meetings of the Reforming States Group (RSG) bring together a bipartisan, voluntary group of state health policy leaders from the executive and legislative branches to share information and discuss topics of importance to them. From the discussions, several topics are selected by meeting participants for further exploration. While changes to the Affordable Care Act and health reform … Read more

  • Q and A with Chuck Hunter, Former Representative from Montana

    Apr 27, 2017

    Chuck Hunter was a member of the Montana House of Representatives for eight years and its minority leader for the last four. Before running for the Montana legislature, Hunter spent over two decades working for Montana’s executive branch, running the child welfare system, refinancing health care, and administering part of the Medicaid program. He attended his first Reforming States Group (RSG) … Read more

  • Issue Brief Published on Lessons from State-Based Insurance Exchanges

    Apr 20, 2017

    Earlier this month, the Milbank Memorial Fund published a report on State Policy Capacity and Leadership for Health Reform, which looked at the leadership, governance, staff capacity, and resources required for state governments to plan for and implement new health policies. Now, in a new issue brief, one of the authors of that report, W. David Helms, looks at a specific opportunity to apply … Read more

  • Report Published on State Policy Capacity and Leadership

    Apr 10, 2017

    What does it take in terms of staff, leadership, and resources for state governments to plan for and implement new health policies? Regardless of the policy positions they take, executive and legislative branch state policymakers will need to make decisions that are right for their constituents and implement those decisions effectively and efficiently.  A new Milbank Memorial Fund report by … Read more

  • State-Federal Partnerships are Key to Advancing Broad Health Care Improvements

    Mar 30, 2017

    Today’s health policy debates have brought more focus to state health policy flexibility and accountability.  The Reforming States Group’s Letter to the New Administration offered principles and policy proposals that strengthen state roles and capacity to improve population health through Medicaid and other state health programs. “Building strong state-federal partnerships is necessary to … Read more

  • Rachel Block Joins Milbank Memorial Fund as Program Officer

    Mar 30, 2017

    Rachel Block has joined the Milbank Memorial Fund as a Program Officer.  An independent consultant who worked for the Fund and other organizations focusing on federal and state health policy issues, she has served in numerous executive roles in the public and private sectors, most recently spearheading development of New York state’s health information technology strategy as deputy … Read more

  • Multi-Payer Primary Care Transformation Continues to Expand

    Mar 30, 2017

    by Lisa Dulsky Watkins, Director of the Multi-State Collaborative   Starting in January 2017, multi-payer primary care transformation expanded in scale and scope to 14 states with the launch of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. Demonstrating its deep commitment to improving the quality of primary care and tackling health care’s costs, the Centers for Medicare and … Read more

  • Update on CPC+ and the Multi-State Collaborative

    Feb 27, 2017

    2017 began with the launch of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)—the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations’ multi-payer primary care transformation project and second largest provider payment reform project—in 14 regions around the country, with nearly 3,000 clinical practices, 54 public and private insurers, and Medicare engaged.  A flurry of activity followed. Participants … Read more

  • Deadline to Assess Massachusetts Health Care Cost Benchmark Approaches

    Feb 27, 2017

    Massachusetts is one of several states addressing total health care cost measures.  Since 2013, the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) has set an annual health care spending target based on state economic growth. A lower benchmark rate is set to take effect in 2018. The HPC will hold a hearing on the new benchmark on March 8, 2017. Helping state officials measure their state’s health … Read more

  • Topics from the Fall 2016 Reforming States Group Meetings

    Jan 31, 2017

    The following topics were the subject of presentations at the fall Reforming States Group meetings: Aging — presentations focused on rebalancing long-term services and supports and the integration of Medicare and Medicaid services; Leveraging Medicaid for the Social Determinants of Health, a presentation about how Medicaid can be leveraged to address social factors; Integrated Data … Read more