Healthcare Cost and Coverage


The U.S. health care system is currently undergoing significant change. Much of the change happening today is focused on finding ways to pay for and deliver care that will lead to improved quality, better outcomes and lower costs. Governors know that improving the health of citizens is not only essential to ensuring they live productive lives, but also to controlling health care costs and balancing budgets; as a result, states are leading on a wide array of health reform initiatives.

NGA Resources

Testimony – Short-term Medicaid Reform (Ray Scheppach)

Governor Sundquist, Governor King and Members of the Commission, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today on the National Governors Association's Medicaid Reform proposal. On June 15, 2005, ...
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MCH Update: States Protect Health Care Coverage During Recent Fiscal Downturn

MCH Update: States Protect Health Care Coverage During Recent Fiscal Downturn

Medicaid is the nation’s largest health insurance program for low-income persons. The data in this report show state efforts around health care coverage for low-income women and children during the ...
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Testimony – Long Term Care Insurance Partnerships

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, my name is Ray Scheppach, and I am the Executive Director of the National Governors Association. I appreciate the opportunity to appear before ...
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Testimony – Medicaid Intergovernmental Transfers

Introduction The Medicaid program is the largest and most important health care program in the country. It currently provides $300 billion per year in critical health care and long-term care ...
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MCH Update 2002: State Health Coverage for Low-Income Pregnant Women, Children, and Parents

MCH Update 2002: State Health Coverage for Low-Income Pregnant Women, Children, and Parents

Since 1990, the NGA Center has reported on the status of state Medicaid coverage of children and pregnant women and innovative maternal and child health initiatives. This has served as ...
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MCH Update 2001: Trends in State Health Insurance Coverage of Pregnant Women, Children, and Parents

MCH Update 2001: Trends in State Health Insurance Coverage of Pregnant Women, Children, and Parents

Since 1990, the NGA Center has reported on the status of state Medicaid coverage of children and pregnant women and innovative maternal and child health initiatives. This has served as ...
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Testimony – Medicare, Prescription Drugs, and Current Coverage Options

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the nation's Governors. Prescription Drug Coverage for Seniors One of the ...
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Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Update: States Have Expanded Eligibility and Increased Access to Health Care for Pregnant Women and Children

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Update: States Have Expanded Eligibility and Increased Access to Health Care for Pregnant Women and Children

In January 2001, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) announced that more than 3.3 million previously uninsured children now have health insurance through state SCHIP programs. States are now beginning ...
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Testimony – Medicare Reform

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the nation's Governors. One of the most critical responsibilities we have ...
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Testimony – Medicare Reform

Chairman Roth, Senator Moynihan, distinguished Committee Members, thank you for inviting me to testify on the topic of Medicare financing. I am pleased to represent the nation's Governors on an ...
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