March 15, 2019
States can be laboratories of health reform. States like Massachusetts and Oregon expanded coverage during previous periods of federal inaction. With solutions unlikely to come from a politically divided Washington D.C., how will states tackle the problem of health insurance becoming increasingly unaffordable and unattainable for many families? Is there a role for the government to play a greater role in making health insurance affordable and accessible? As public support for action on health care grows, what options are available to states now?
States have begun to explore Medicaid Buy-In policies, which allow people to purchase government backed health insurance or Medicaid-like plans. What form this policy takes will vary by the state and each state will need to navigate the complexities of the private insurance market federal rules and legal limitations of the reach of states. This event examined current Medicaid Buy-In proposals, the opportunities they present to improve affordability, and the potential challenges that states may face in implementing them.
This event was free and open to the public.
- Opening remarks: Andy Slavitt, Board Chair, United States of Care; former Acting Administrator, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Emma Sandoe, PhD Candidate, Health Policy, Harvard University
- Heather Howard, Lecturer in Public Affairs and Director, State Health and Value Strategies, Princeton University
- John McCarthy, Policy Fellow, United States of Care
- Hon. Tony Lourey, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
- Moderator: Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent, HuffPost
Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and United States of Care.
Learn more on the website: petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/the-future-of-health-care