CSG Medicaid Policy Academy Draws 45 State Legislators

As part of the CSG Leadership Forum held last week in Washington, D.C., 45 legislators attended a three day policy academy on Medicaid. A steady stream of presenters covered Medicaid program basics and how states can improve health outcomes for enrollees and, at the same time, run a more cost efficient program. Attendees had been nominated for attendance by health committee chairs in their home states as "rising stars" who were either new to positions of leadership on Medicaid policy or were likely to soon assume these positions. Registrants came from 30 states and one territory.

A panel of four state policymakers -- from Tennessee, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Connecticut -- shared innovations from their states and lessons learned. A second panel Saturday morning interacted with participants in a session called "Taking the Long View:Medicaid Reform and Health Care Reform."

If the level of buzz and number of questions were indications of interest, state legislators in the room care deeply about the health of Medicaid enrollees in their states and desire to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their states' Medicaid programs.

Click here to go to the posting of the presenters, their slides and the audio of their presentations.