Two reports released today analyze how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provide states with a variety of tools and resources to implement reform. The reports were funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Coverage Initiatives national program.
State Implementation of National Health Reform: Harnessing Federal Resources to Meet State Policy Goals organizes PPACA into understandable policy directions to help state policy leaders understand and prepare for the implementation process. The report classifies state-related decisions and actions into several broad themes–each with highlights and directions on how states may best use the many new tools and resources PPACA provides to accomplish long-standing health policy goals.
Health Benefit Exchanges: An Implementation Timeline for State Policymakers maps out a timeline for states to use as a resource for identifying major implementation decisions. The timeline provides policymakers with materials needed to effectively and strategically plan for the development of Health Benefit Exchanges under PPACA.