The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will expand health insurance coverage to as many as 32 million people nationwide - reducing the number of uninsured people in America by more than half. Much of the success in expanding the number of Americans with health insurance coverage, however, will depend on states' ability to effectively implement ACA's coverage provisions. Through the State Health Reform Assistance Network (the State Network), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is investing in technical assistance to maximize coverage gains made possible by the ACA.
As part of RWJF's State Network, CHCS will be providing intensive technical assistance to 10 states as they work to implement ACA's coverage provisions. The participating states are Alabama, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Virginia. In addition to technical assistance, RWJF will also support consumer engagement and research and monitoring activities in the same 10 states through complementary programs.
CHCS' technical assistance will help these states pursue the below milestones to expand Medicaid to newly eligible populations:
Technical assistance activities will include: (1) needs assessment/policy analysis; (2) direct technical assistance and connection to expert resources; (3) stakeholder engagement; and (4) assistance in applying for federal implementation grants. An important part of the State Network will be synthesizing and sharing best practices and lessons learned across states.
RWJF's State Network is based at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. For more information about RWJF's efforts on health insurance coverage, visit www.rwjf.org/coverage.