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State Health Reform: Six Key Tests

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Robert E. Moffit

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Health (Health services administration)

Keywords: Health care; health care regulation; health care system; patient-centered system

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


State legislators are increasingly focused on health care reform. Escalating health care costs, state deficits, rising numbers of uninsured, and federal inaction have forced them to take up the challenge of changing state law, restructuring flawed state health insurance markets, and overhauling existing health care financing and delivery. This often requires a special level of technical expertise and experience with health care policy.