Just days after the November elections, states will have to make final (or reasonably final) decisions about whether they are going to run their own health insurance exchange and what that will look like – or whether the federal government will take responsibility for all or part of the exchange.
States also are grappling with decisions about the essential benefits packages, and although there’s no deadline, expect the pace of their Medicaid expansion decision making to pick up after elections.
If President Obama is re-elected, states will probably pick up the pace of implementation. If Mitt Romney wins, they will probably anticipate repeal – but what happens to all the preparatory work they’ve been doing for the past two years, and will it contribute to new state-based solutions that Romney says he wants?
In a special webcast on Thursday, we’ll talk to three experts who are doing hands-on work with both “red” and “blue” states. AHCJ members will listen in on the call and be able to submit their own questions. You also can send questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. A recording of the webcast will be available to AHCJ members shortly after it is over.
Joanne Kenen, AHCJ topic leader/health reform and deputy health care editor at Politico Pro, will moderate a discussion with:
- Joel Ario, managing director, Manatt Health Solutions
- Cheryl Smith, director, Leavitt Partners
- Heather Howard, lecturer in public affairs, Princeton University; director, State Health Reform Assistance Network