States play a significant role in health reform implementation as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Some components of the law must be developed and implemented quickly, while other will involve a complex set of state decisions and long-term planning and implementation. Governors and other state officials need clear information, guidance and tools to determine the best course for their state.
The State Consortium on Health Care Reform Implementation (State Consortium) was formed to provide coordinated and trusted information and technical assistance to states about requirements, offer options and best practices and synthesize feedback to federal agencies on issues that affect state implementation. Resources on aspects of the health reform law that are likely to have the biggest effect on states – the Medicaid expansion, the establishment of health insurance exchanges, insurance regulations, and delivery system initiatives, along with important governance, coordination and timing issues for states are available here and on each of the Consortium members' websites.
The four consortium organizations are: National Governors Association (NGA), including the NGA Center for Best Practices, National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), and National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP).