Reforming States Group

What began as a handful of states at the forefront of health reform is now the Reforming States Group (RSG), a bipartisan, voluntary group of state health policy leaders from both the executive and legislative branches who, with a small group of international colleagues, convene regularly to share information, develop professional networks, and work on solutions to pressing problems in health care—all while using the best available evidence and experience to improve population health. The RSG has been supported by the Milbank Memorial Fund (MMF) since 1992. Learn more about the RSG.

New from the RSG

  • 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

  • Q and A with Laura Kelly, Kansas State Senator

    Jan 25, 2017

    Laura Kelly, elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004, is currently the assistant minority leader of that legislative body.  For the last eight years, she has served as ranking minority member on the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, the Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home Community Based Services and KanCare, the Kansas version of Medicaid.  This is also her 10th year as … Read more

  • Reforming States Group Publishes Letter to the New Administration

    Dec 22, 2016

    While Congress prepares to debate the future of the Affordable Care Act, we know that bipartisan action on health care reform is possible. A diverse group of state health leaders has endorsed a bipartisan agenda (link) to improve population health for the new administration. The authors are members of the Reforming States Group’s Steering Committee —one of the nation’s only bipartisan … Read more

  • Nick Macchione Named One of Governing Magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year”

    Dec 22, 2016

    Nick Macchione, Director of Health and Human Services, San Diego County, California, was named one of Governing magazine’s “Public Officials of the Year.” Macchione is a long-time member of the Reforming States Group and its Steering Committee. Governing has been recognizing individual state and local government officials for their outstanding accomplishments since 1994.  Macchione was … Read more

  • Remembering Robert A. (Rob) Fordham

    Nov 28, 2016

    By Mark Gibson*  It was with sorrow that the Milbank Memorial Fund received news of the passing of friend and former program officer Robert A. (Rob) Fordham. Rob died peacefully at home of natural causes on October 13, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. He was 87 years old. Rob’s career spanned over five decades, during which he served in government under eight presidents from … Read more