Wisconsin’s ForwardHealth Rate Reform Initiative

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.

Public Policymakers Guide to Reducing Health Care Costs
Saturday, Dec.4 | 10-11:30 a.m.

As states expand access to health insurance coverage under federal health reform, big questions remain about how to simultaneously improve health care quality and slow the growth in health costs. Some states have implemented innovative comprehensive programs to address these elusive policy goals. Presenters discussed successful examples in the areas of administrative efficiencies, prevention and wellness, patient-centered health homes and payment reforms that can easily be replicated in your state.

Wisconsin’s ForwardHealth Rate Reform Initiative


 

Jason Helgerson became Medicaid Director for Wisconsin on March 19, 2007. He serves as principle project sponsor for Gov. Doyle’s signature health care initiative, BadgerCare Plus. Through this new program, 98 percent of Wisconsin residents will have access to affordable health care. He has also served as executive assistant/policy director to the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and executive assistant for Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Prior to joining the Doyle Administration, Helgerson served as the senior education policy advisor for Mayor Ron Gonzales of the City of San Jose, Calif.  He has also worked for the Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist. He received his Masters of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago in 1995, and his B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1993.