Health Care Reform at the State vs National Level: Tradeoffs and Tipping Points
and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
"Health Care Reform at the State vs National Level: Tradeoffs and Tipping Points"Monday, March 22, 2010, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Free and open to the public.
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
735 South State Street, Ann Arbor
John J. H. (Joe) Schwarz, Former U.S. Representative and Visiting Lecturer, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director, Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), located at the University of Michigan
This event is funded in part by the Gilbert S. Omenn and
Martha A. Darling Health Policy Fund.
For more information visit www.closup.umich.edu or call 734-647-4091
The persistent problems of rising health care costs, uninsurance, and underinsurance endanger the health of Americans and the quality and timeliness of their care. The majority of Americans are still covered through private health plans, but government-sponsored plans administered by federal and state governments are responsible for rapidly increasing numbers of patients, especially those with chronic and complex illness. As a result, today about 50 cents of every dollar spent on health care in the US is paid for through government programs (eg, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP). At both federal and state levels, the rapid expansion of these expenditures threatens other public programs. Federal legislators have struggled for over a year to reach consensus about system reform. States do not have that luxury of time: because of the balanced budget imperative, officials must address health care challenges with particularly innovative, creative, and/or exceedingly difficult management decisions today. Our panelists will offer their perspectives on states' challenges and opportunities in the face of worsening health care dilemmas.