Source: Sean Slone, State News, Vol. 50 no. 4, April 2007
Health care is the most important challenge facing state governments today, according to a recent state trends survey of state leaders by The Council of State Governments. States, spurred by the urgency of rising health care costs, aren’t waiting for Washington to take action. Many states are serving as policy laboratories for innovative plans to reduce the number of uninsured. States are also developing initiatives to encourage healthier living by addressing poor diet and tobacco use, two factors that continue to threaten overall improvements in the nation’s health over the last two decades.