LinkPad: State-Based Health Care Solutions

LinkPad is Lilly's weekly update of interesting, noteworthy, or fun news from across the web. This week, I explore the strides some states are making to deliver health care to its citizens.

In Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn is starting the Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP) to provide transitional coverage for residents denied health coverage due to pre-existing conditions.  The program is expected to cover approximately 5,000 residents. Illinois is not anticipating to incur costs as the program will be funded from the federally allocated funds appropriated from the Affordable Care Act and premiums paid by enrollees.

Michigan is implementing new health reform measures and expects an increase in the number of residents insured. Specific changes include a mandate that protects children under the age of 19 from not being accepted by insurance for pre-existing conditions and expanding coverage for dependants under the age of 26. For details, see The Detroit News article (the link doesn't exist anymore).

The Wisconsin Legislature created a Special Committee on Health Reform Implementation "to study and make recommendations on what changes should be made to Wisconsin's statutes and administrative rules in response to recently enacted federal health care reform legislation." The committee will examine a wide variety of statues from insurance market reforms and coverage for the uninsured to workforce and taxation issues.