Wednesday, February 17, 2010

No Longer Waiting for Feds, States Jumpstart Health Reform

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media

More than two dozen states have launched healthcare reform initiatives, but most are strapped financially and are unlikely to undertake major reform while federal legislation is stalled on Capitol Hill, says a top health official for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"A majority of states are clearly going to wait and see what the federal government is going to do," says Richard Cauchi, health program director for the NCSL.

That doesn't mean the states have been inactive, Cauchi adds. At least 26 states are considering healthcare regulations ranging from management of chronic disease to healthcare quality improvements, as well as insurance programs for children, he says.
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