CQ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Will Help States Implement the Health Care Law

CQ HEALTHBEAT NEWS
May 6, 2011 – 3:34 p.m.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Will Help States Implement the Health Care Law

By Jane Norman, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor

States working on the tough task of implementation of the health care law would receive help with technical assistance, consumer outreach, online networking and more through a plan announced Friday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

States are gearing up for the most intense phase of putting in place the many elements of the law they will administer, including the state-based exchanges that will serve as marketplaces for health insurance. The foundation said in its announcement that the success of the health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152) in extending insurance to 32 million Americans will depend largely on states.

Much of the law’s expansion also will bring millions of additional people into the Medicaid program who in the past were uninsured, another responsibility for states.

Foundation officials said it’s important for state health leaders to share ideas with one another and the foundation will serve as a nonpartisan and unbiased location for those discussions.

The technical assistance will go initially to 10 states taking part in a State Health Reform Assistance Network — Alabama, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia. The focus for the assistance will be on exchanges, changes in the insurance market mandated by the law, Medicaid expansion, program eligibility and enrollment.

Foundation officials said they will also keep track of states’ progress on implementation through data and analysis, and will support community involvement with plans for putting the law in place.

The foundation will spend about $15 million annually on the technical assistance, consumer networking and research.

The foundation and the National Academy for State Health Policy will create an online forum that will allow state health officials and experts to engage in discussions, figure out where states are at in implementation, receive analysis and look for information.

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