Twelve new Governors are preparing to take the reins in their respective states. These are some of the issues they plan to tackle.
Today’s failed bill could be tomorrow’s public policy. Don’t be caught off-guard: take this five-point test to see if it will return.
At the federal, state and local levels a battle is being waged and there seems to be no middle ground.
While many have focused on the difficulties facing people seeking to enroll through Federally Facilitated Health Benefit Exchanges, state-run health benefit exchanges have been able to enroll large numbers of individuals seeking care. However, the relatively large number of enrollees may mask an enrollment issue for the states that could become larger once the Federally Facilitated Exchanges come online.
Understanding the perspective of the lobbyist, in addition to that of the client, is valuable.
For health care policy makers, consumers and employers alike, the question this summer is: will the health care benefit exchanges be operational on time?
It happens every year. An idea pops up on the legislative agenda in a so-called “small state.” But, since it is in a “small” state, a decision is made to not get involved. True, no one can engage everywhere, but this analysis ignores a very basic rule of legislative trends–someone has to go first. Legislators ALWAYS ask what other state has done whatever is being proposed.
Have you ever been asked to provide percentages or odds on something happening or not happening with a bill? I have.
The Medicaid holding, what disappointed Colorado Attorney General John Suthers referred to as the “Silver Lining,” offers states a real opportunity to opt out of the Medicaid expansion under the ACA and continue to receive funding for their existing Medicaid programs.
While there are many excuses and reasons not to deploy grassroots, if your organization has the basic elements and you follow these simple steps, you can enhance the effectiveness of your state advocacy program.