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As states expand access to health insurance coverage under federal health reform, big questions remain about how to simultaneously improve the quality of health care and slow the growth in health costs. This session will focus on how some states have implemented innovative comprehensive programs to address these elusive policy goals.  Presenters will also provide program examples in the areas of administrative efficiencies, prevention and wellness, patient centered health homes, and payment reforms that have proven successful and are ready for replication by other states.

As states expand access to health insurance coverage under federal health reform, big questions remain about how to simultaneously improve the quality of health care and slow the growth in health costs. This session will focus on how some states have implemented innovative comprehensive programs to address these elusive policy goals.  Presenters will also provide program examples in the areas of administrative efficiencies, prevention and wellness, patient centered health homes, and payment reforms that have proven successful and are ready for replication by other states.

State insurance agencies are already planning for health insurance exchanges, which are due to launch in every state by January 2014. Learn the basics of how exchanges will offer insurance to individuals and small businesses that otherwise would not have access. Tailored to policymakers, this session will also identify the pressing decision points and timelines that states must address to successfully form an exchange.

State legislators, primarily from CSG’s Eastern Regional Conference states, attended a 4-hour session to learn more about health reform and state policies can reduce health disparities related to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS. Presentation by Sara Gillen, Harlem United.

State legislators, primarily from CSG’s Eastern Regional Conference states, attended a 4-hour session to learn more about health reform and state policies can reduce health disparities related to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS. Presentation by David Johnson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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