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Federal and State Health Policy

The U.S. health care system has been undergoing significant transformation in recent years. The Affordable Care Act has ushered in new health coverage options, insurance market regulations, and consumer protections while at the same time promoting innovation in care delivery in both the public and private sectors. At the moment, however, the forecast for the law is unclear.

Regardless of what happens, state and federal policymakers will be expected to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health care and to find the most effective ways of delivering and paying for care. The Commonwealth Fund’s Federal and State Health Policy program seeks to strengthen the capacity of legislators and officials to adopt and implement policies that can move the nation to a high-performance care health system. By building relationships with these important audiences, we’re able to connect them to the research produced by Commonwealth Fund experts and grantees.

Federal and State Health Policy efforts focus on:

  • Getting evidence-based insights and analysis in the hands of federal and state policymakers, policy influencers, and stakeholders.
  • Disseminating and sharing lessons learned in policy and practice.
  • Helping states learn from one other and fostering dialogue among state and federal policymakers.
  • Identifying the policy priorities of state and federal officials to inform The Commonwealth Fund’s programmatic strategies.

The Fund holds bipartisan retreats for members of Congress and senior congressional and agency staff; sponsors public Capitol Hill briefings; and pursues strategic partnerships with organizations like the National Governors Association, National Association of Medicaid Directors, National Conference of State Legislatures, and National Academy of State Health Policy. To broaden our reach, the Fund has also initiated relationships with the Aspen Institute, TedMed, and select media partners.

Program Contact:

Rachel Nuzum, Vice President

2022 Program Funding Priorities

Diverse, creative dissemination partnerships to help connect Fund research with: 

  • Congressional staff and administration officials; and 

  • State policymakers 

Our Experts

Rachel Nuzum

Senior Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy

Akeiisa Coleman

Senior Program Officer, Medicaid

Christina Ramsay

Program Officer, Federal and State Health Policy

Sara Federman

Program Assistant, Federal and State Health Policy Program