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Staffing the Health Care Overhaul

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 - 7:55
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 07:39
The health reform law requires the US Department of Health and Human Services to go well beyond the important job of managing Medicare, Medicaid, and other government-sponsored health programs. The law calls upon HHS to set up a new high-risk pool, review insurance company rate increases, and provide assistance to states setting up Insurance Exchanges where people can buy coverage and receive federal subsidies.

The Case of Young Adults: What's In the Health Reform Law for Them?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 - 7:54
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 07:51
A good story in Tuesday's New York Times dissects the new health reform law into what it means for young adults (ages 19-29), a group that makes up about a third of the nation’s uninsured population of 46 million.

A New Contributor to the "Making Health Care Reform Work" blog

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 - 19:31
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 19:21
Dear Readers: I'd like to introduce another contributor to the "Making Health Care Reform Work" blog. Stephen Majors, a graduate student at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, is a researcher for the blog and will post smaller items about health care reform implementation to complement longer pieces by Don Kettl and Jack Meyer. Stephen, a former reporter with The Associated Press, looks forward to contributing to the blog. Please stay tuned for more posts in the coming days and weeks!

A Lesson From Howard County, MD

Monday, May 24th, 2010 - 8:06
Monday, May 24, 2010 - 08:01
The obsession with health reform—surely well-placed—was bringing health care to the uninsured. But there’s fascinating evidence that the problem is a lot more complicated than the debates revealed. Go to the richest county in the nation’s richest state—Maryland’s Howard County. Under the leadership of the head of the health department, Dr. Peter Beilenson, the county beat the feds to the punch by creating its own exchange to bring health insurance to all the county’s residents.

Don't Forget About Medicaid

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 - 23:35
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 23:13
Medicare demonstration programs featuring new incentives for hospitals and physicians to provide the most efficient, high-quality health care possible have received considerable attention as part of the new health care reform legislation. But another provision of the law related to Medicaid encourages states to experiment with new delivery and payment models. Physicians will have an opportunity to receive more payment from Medicaid, but they will have to show results in the new demonstration projects in terms of efficient care and good health outcomes in return.

Implementing Health Care Reform

Thursday, May 6th, 2010 - 12:38
Through this blog, Kettl and featured guests will discuss emerging challenges such as enrolling some 16 million new Medicaid and SCHIP applicants, establishing state insurance exchanges, and finding enough doctors and nurses to meet the needs of a growing aging population. Join the conversation.

A discussion with NGA Executive Director Dr. Ray Scheppach

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - 17:04
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 16:38
JM: What are the major challenges involved in implementing the new national health reform legislation?

Blog FAQ - Making Health Care Reform Work

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - 15:49
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Blog Overview - Implementing Health Care Reform

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - 15:37
The conversation on this blog will be different from most of what you’ve seen. After a truly epic debate, a new strategy for health insurance is now the law of the land. If the battle over passing it was huge, the challenge of making it work will be even larger. Health care, as pundits of every stripe have bleated, represents 1/6 of the U.S. economy—and a part of the economy in which every American has a living, breathing interest.

Just what is an "exchange"?

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 - 17:45
By Donald F. Kettl         We all know that health “exchanges” are the big innovation of the health insurance reform act. We know they’re supposed to drive down costs, provide citizens with more choice, and ensure that everyone has access to coverage.