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Governors Discuss Health Policy in "State of the State" Addresses, With Interactive Summary Table

April 21, 2009 - Since early January, state governors have been discussing health care in their annual "State of the State" addresses, despite not knowing exactly what the federal stimulus package or CHIP reauthorization would look like. Among the 40 speeches made through mid-February, the health policy messages varied in content and tone. The health-related provisions are summarized in an interactive feature.

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New York's Plan to Expand Coverage and Combat Obesity

April 21, 2009 - New York Governor David Paterson (D) outlined four key health reform initiatives in his State of the State address on January 7: public coverage expansion, enrollment reforms, private insurance expansion for dependents, and multiple efforts to combat obesity.

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A Guide to Developing State Child Health 'Improvement Partnerships'

February 24, 2009 - A new online guide from the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program provides state leaders in child health with step-by-step instructions to developing sustainable collaborations of public and private partners that are dedicated to improving the quality of children's health care.


Arizona Narrowly Rejects Ban on Coverage Mandates and Choice Restrictions

January 23, 2009 - Arizona voters narrowly rejected a state constitutional amendment that would have banned laws restricting choice of health plans or mandating that people obtain coverage. The amendment would have been at odds with certain elements of President-elect Obama's health care proposal. Of 1.8 million votes, 50.2 percent voted against, and 49.8 percent voted for, the amendment.

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Maine Rejects Beverage Tax for Replacing Dirigo's 'SOP' Funding

January 23, 2009 - Maine voters rejected a beverage tax in November designed to replace the current funding mechanism that supports the Dirigo Health Program.

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Montana Passes Healthy Montana Kids Plan Act

January 23, 2009 - In November, Montana residents overwhelmingly passed Initiative 155, which establishes the Healthy Montana Kids plan to expand and coordinate coverage for uninsured children under Medicaid and SCHIP.

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Case Study: Indian Health Council Creates a Medical Home for Patients

November 20, 2008 - To build trust with patients and improve continuity of care, a tribally run ambulatory clinic in Southern California assigned patients with chronic conditions to one of several teams of providers.

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Illinois Joining Other States in Extending Age for Dependent Coverage

November 7, 2008 - Beginning January 1, 2009, Illinois parents will be able to keep their unmarried children on their health insurance plans until they reach age 26, or age 30 if they are military veterans.

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Indiana's SCHIP Expansion

November 7, 2008 - Indiana estimates that nearly 10,000 children up to age 19 have become newly eligible for the SCHIP program, and state officials expect a little more than half will enroll in the first year.

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New Jersey's Children's Mandate and Coverage Expansion for Parents

November 7, 2008 - In July, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed into law comprehensive health reform that helps the state move toward universal access to health coverage.

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Case Study: Perfecting Patient Care at Allegheny General Hospital and the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative

September 30, 2008 - Pittsburgh-based Allegheny General Hospital, with 829 beds, is part of the six-hospital West Penn Allegheny Health System and a partner in the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative.

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Arizona's Statewide HIE Utility

September 15, 2008 - The Arizona Medicaid Health Information Exchange Utility is a Web-based system for exchanging patients' health records and other medical information among the state's Medicaid providers.

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Florida's "Network of Networks"

September 15, 2008 - The Florida Health Information Network operates at the community level, with the state supporting and encouraging local collaborations focused on health information exchange, particularly the development of regional health information organizations.

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Oregon's Patient Safety Commission

September 15, 2008 - Oregon's Patient Safety Commission is an independent agency with a mission to reduce patient harm.

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Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Reporting System

September 15, 2008 - With Governor Ed Rendell's support, Pennsylvania is undertaking a multifaceted approach to improve both health care quality and safety. State officials are working to align initiatives led by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Commission, departments of Health, Public Welfare, and Insurance, and an independent Patient Safety Authority.

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