Wisconsin’s ForwardHealth Rate Reform Initiative

 

Policymakers' Guide to Reducing Health Care Costs
Saturday, December 4: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

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.

Presentation by Jason Helgerson

Wisconsin’s ForwardHealth Rate Reform Initiative

Mr. Helgerson became Medicaid Director for Wisconsin on March 19, 2007. He serves as principle project sponsor for Governor Doyle’s signature health care initiative, BadgerCare Plus. Through this new program, 98% 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 (DHFS) and Executive Assistant for Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Prior to joining the Doyle Administration, Mr. Helgerson served as the Senior Education Policy Advisor for Mayor Ron Gonzales of the City of San Jose, CA.  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 BA from American University in Washington, DC in 1993.