State Refor(u)m Online Network Provides Resources on Implementing the ACA at the State Level

Supporting a user-centered online community for implementing health reform

Dates of Project: November 2010 through July 2015

Description: Much of the responsibility for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rests with states. However, limited staff and expertise, budget constraints, and competing priorities have been serious impediments to state officials in ACA implementation. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) developed a website and is providing other resources to assist state officials and other policymakers in this work.

Key Results

  • As of July 2014, project staff had:

    • Launched State Refor(u)m, a comprehensive online community around state-level implementation of the ACA. Key features include a resource library with documents and links in 11 categories, maps and charts on state efforts, blog posts from experts, and peer-to-peer discussions.
    • Conducted 21 webinars on key aspects of health reform, including Medicaid expansion, open enrollment, and the use of data to drive improvements in public health.
    • Distributed weekly newsletters and frequent email digests with links to new documents, blog posts, and discussions to some 3,844 subscribers, as of July 2014.

    The website had 9,872 registered users as of that date, and the number of unique visitors per week was 3,700—up from 968 in May 2012. Among the states, 49 had at least 15 or more officials registered as users.

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State Refor(u)m website provides information and forums on state-level implementation of the ACA.