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NGA Unveils Learning Network to Help States With Health Reform

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NGALogoThe National Governors Association (NGA) has launched the Governors’ Bipartisan Health Reform Learning Network (Bipartisan Learning Network). The Bipartisan Learning Network is a byproduct of the sweeping changes being considered by Congress and the Trump Administration to the private health insurance market and the Medicaid program, which today serves roughly 75 million Americans and represents the largest share of the budget in most states.

The Bipartisan Learning Network will include 14 states, with an even split of Democratic and Republican governors: California, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and WyomingThose states will:

  • Receive information on the potential impact of proposed changes to Medicaid and private health insurance.
  • Engage in a dialogue with other state leaders and national experts about reform proposals and their potential impact on states.
  • Receive data analyses regarding the state impact of health care reforms.
  • Receive technical assistance to understand and prepare for the statutory and regulatory parameters of any new Medicaid and private health insurance reforms, if enacted.

Seven states—Delaware, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont and Virginia—will also participate in a complementary maternal and child health working group charged with evaluating proposed changes and informing the learning network about potential implications.

NGA Chair Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) stated, “As governors, we will be responsible for implementing many of the health care changes being discussed at the federal level . . . . In addition, we have to make decisions now about our state budgets and programs amid great uncertainty about how these efforts will unfold. While we are continuing to work with leadership in Washington to make our voices heard as reforms are discussed, it is prudent that states prepare for the potential impacts of the proposed legislation.”

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