Monday, July 27, 2009

When Health Reform Passes, Then What?

Experts Recommend 20 Solutions to Guide Health Care Reform from Policy to Action

With Congress focused on the substance of health reform rather than the details of its implementation, a new report provides recommendations to lawmakers and the Obama administration about how to translate complicated new policies into reality in a timely fashion. In particular, the report calls for the president to designate an agency and a person to direct the implementation of health reform. The report also calls for lawmakers to include in legislation a carefully constructed schedule for phasing in reforms.

The report’s recommendations were developed by a panel of experts from the National Academy of Social Insurance and the National Academy of Public Administration, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. While the panel of experts who authored the report presume a goal of expanding access to affordable, high-quality health care, with the ultimate aim of universal health coverage, the panel does not endorse any particular plan for achieving that objective. The report concentrates on seven administrative functions essential to several health care reform proposals: planning and coordinating implementation, subsidizing health insurance premiums and cost sharing, administering health insurance mandates, regulating health insurance, restructuring health insurance markets, designing administrative organizations, and simplifying administration and controlling costs. In each area, the report defines the choices, summarizes what is known about them, and draws conclusions.

Read the policy report.
Read a blog post from Paul Van de Water.
View the Webcast.

(c) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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