As part of our Shared Multi-State Agenda,
the Progressive States Network is working with legislators, advocates
and leading experts to promote Rx reforms in 2010 that will reduce
health care costs for consumers, businesses, and state and local
governments, and will help ensure access to safe and effective
medications. Through coordinated, strategic support, PSN and our
allies will be working to introduce and advance Rx reforms that will
help address state budget deficits and improve access to quality
medications in as many states possible; providing model legislation,
policy analysis, messaging and more - all of which has been gathered
and will be constantly updated on our Prescription Drug Reform Shared Agenda web page.
With final negotiations moving forward on Capitol Hill on a final
health care reform bill, over two dozen state legislators met with the
White House and Capitol Hill leaders to share views of how to build a
strong state-federal partnership to provide quality, affordable health
care for all Americans.
This Dispatch will examine how federal reform will likely impact
states, analyzing specific provisions and whether they are beneficial
or detrimental to states' ability to partner with the federal
government in pursuit of quality, affordable health care for all.
An International Comparison of Small Business Employment
- Contrary to popular perceptions, the United States has a much smaller
small-business sector (as a share of total employment) than other
countries at a comparable level of economic development, according to
this new Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
report. The report highlights how high health insurance costs and
uncertain access discourages small business formation and
self-employment in the United States compared to other nations.
PHILADELPHIA — This Tuesday, the hotly contested public health
insurance option won endorsement from the body representing every state
legislature in the country. Citing the need for immediate action to
stem the rising costs of health care, three quarters of the states
represented on the the National Conference of State Legislatures'
Standing Committee on Health voted to include an amendment calling for
a public health insurance option in the committee's policy
recommendations for federal health care reform. On Thursday, the
recommendation will come up for a vote before the full body of NCSL,
whose membership includes over 7,500 state legislators across the
WASHINGTON — State legislators urged Congress and the White House
on Wednesday to enact comprehensive health care legislation that
includes a public health insurance component by year's end.
Members of the Progressive States Network, a state government
coalition, met with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to lobby for a public insurance
option. They said that would answer Americans' call to provide health
care coverage for all.
Both Sebelius and Nancy-Ann DeParle, White House director of health
care reform, were set to meet Wednesday afternoon with a group of state
legislators called the Progressive States Network who support a public
option as part of any overhaul plan. The lawmakers said at a press
conference that they will bring along a letter signed by 700
legislators calling for a public health insurance plan as part of
comprehensive health reform.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - As battle lines are drawn on Capitol Hill in
the coming battle over health care reform, state legislators are taking
on a central role in the debate. Today, at a Capitol Hill press
conference hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin and a White House meeting with
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Director
of the White House Office of Health Care Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, a
delegation of state legislators organized by the national group
Progressive States Network delivered a letter urging comprehensive
health care reform within the year. The letter, which was signed by 700
legislators from 47 states, called for any federal reform bill to
include a public health insurance option, strong affordability
protections, and shared employer responsibility for health care costs.