Health Care Reform: The State of the States Roundtable
Sponsored by the Law & Health Care Program
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
March 1, 2013
The roundtable focused on the decisions that a handful of States are in the process of making (or engaging with the federal government to make) regarding benchmark plan implementation, standards for qualified health plans, implementation of an Exchange and the numerous issues related to expanding insurance coverage for persons eligible under the Medicaid expansion.
The roundtable was divided into three parts – overview, health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion. To start off the day, Sonya Schwartz from the National Academy for State Health Policy gave a broad overview of the issues facing the States. Then, to initiate dialog, a number of legal academics and policy makers from different states commented on the implementation decisions, challenges and successes in different states and on the federal level in the areas of health insurance Exchanges and Medicaid expansion.