Since the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, there's been a lot of talk about what comes next for states. This week's LinkPad looks a little closer at how governors are evaluating the best ways to implement health care reform for their constituencies.
Arguments for and against state expansion of Medicaid are explored in a segment for PBS News Hour.
- Earlier this week, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to governors offering guidance on the interpretation of the Supreme Court decision and its implications for Medicaid.
- In an article for the New York Times, Annie Lowrey reports on the economic impact for states that decide to expand Medicaid.
- NPR provides a map identifying states which have made commitments onMedicaid expansion.
By putting effective health measures into place, states can reduce overall health spending and bring about better health outcomes for patients. Every decision about policy is ultimately about people. As the implementation of health care reform continues, governors must work to ensure that patients have access to the health care they need.