2010 National Conference

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 Kevin Cranston, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health.
 

Wisconsin, like almost every state, faced a large Medicaid deficit in 2008. This presentation is about the new approach the state adopted to change the nature of the dialogue between the state administration and key stakeholders to find savings and meaningful reforms. Now in its third year, Wisconsin’s ForwardHealth Rate Reform Initiative seeks continuous program improvement.

Friday, December 3

Reducing Health Disparities in Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS

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....

This session focused on a key feature of the Affordable Care Act – health insurance exchanges – that states must begin operating by Jan. 1, 2014. But for states, “January 1, 2014, is tomorrow,” said Jason Helgerson, Medicaid director for Wisconsin and principal project sponsor for the state’s BadgerCare Plus.  These exchanges, said Jon Kingsdale, former executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority in Massachusetts, essentially do five things: determine eligibility for public subsidy; enroll unsubsidized market segments, specify plan designs and cost-sharing; rate, contract and sell health plans; and provide education and outreach.

During the Council of State Governments' National Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, the CSG Transportation Policy Task Force hosted a roundtable discussion on December 5th looking at the impact of the 2010 election and what’s ahead for transportation in 2011. Here is a summary of what transpired.

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