The National Governors Association (NGA) recently announced the members of a new Health Care Sustainability Task Force (Task Force). Govs. John Kitzhaber (D-OR) and Bill Haslam (R-TN) will serve as co-chairs of the Task Force. Other governors serving include Robert Bentley (R-AL), Mike Beebe (R-AR), Jerry Brown (D-CA), Susana Martinez (R-NM), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), Dennis Daugaard (R-SD), Gary Herbert (R-UT) and Peter Shumlin (D-VT). NGA Health and Homeland Security Chair Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) and Vice Chair Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) will serve as ex-officio members.
The Task Force will focus on state innovations that require the redesign of health care delivery and payment systems with the objectives of improving quality and controlling costs. The Task Force also will identify areas where federal legislative or regulatory action is necessary to reduce barriers and further support state initiatives.