2010 National Conference

Since the 17th Amendment severed the direct relationship between state legislatures and the U.S. Senate nearly 100 years ago, the redistricting process has become the single most important lever for states to influence the composition of Congress.  This session explored the challenges before states as they embark on this vital task.

Susan Urahn, managing director of the Pew Center for the States, led a panel of governors and a former governor in a discussion about what is on the horizon for state governments and their leaders. Topics covered a wide range of issues including education, the economy, health reform, energy and transportation.

Health care reform and midterm elections put state governments in the midst of major transition, making it even more important for state leaders to collaborate and begin deciphering what's ahead on the political horizon. The Council of State Governments' 2010 National Conference, Dec. 3-6, in Providence, R.I., provided state leaders with a robust agenda structured to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing state governments.

 
Programs under federal health reform aim to tackle the persistent challenges of rural health disparities through expanded access and quality. New investments in rural primary care work force development and changes to rural hospital financing are part of the strategies to improve quality and reduce cost while improving health. State experts will describe how investments in telemedicine are bringing immediate specialized care to remote areas to save lives and reduce unnecessary care and costs. Hear about state successes in teaching patients to effectively manage chronic diseases, showing how integrating information technology, coordinating health providers, and incorporating evidence-based service improvement could diminish rural health disparities.
 

Programs under federal health reform aim to tackle the persistent challenges of rural health disparities through expanded access and quality. New investments in rural primary care work force development and changes to rural hospital financing are part of the strategies to improve quality and reduce cost while improving health. State experts will describe how investments in telemedicine are bringing immediate specialized care to remote areas to save lives and reduce unnecessary care and costs. Hear about state successes in teaching patients to effectively manage chronic diseases, showing how integrating information technology, coordinating health providers, and incorporating evidence-based service improvement could diminish rural health disparities.

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