Implementing State Health Reform

Lessons for Policymakers

Effective implementation of policy reform can mean the difference between success and failure. A new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded State Coverage Initiatives draws on the implementation experiences of five states—Massachusetts, New Mexico, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin—to provide insights into the operational aspects of health reform. It also shares key lessons for state policymakers.

Implementing State Health Reform: Lessons for Policymakers identifies the key questions that policymakers should consider when implementing health care reform, and also provides a set of related takeaways—particularly what must happen operationally pre- and post-implementation. The questions and takeaways are relevant to both state and national reform, in part because recent enactment of federal reform legislation will have enormous implementation implications for states.