5036.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Current State Efforts to Lower Rates of the Medically Uninsured

State policymakers are continuing to try to start and to expand programs to increase the number of people in their states who have health insurance. One way this is being done is by using the Childrens' Health Insurance Program; another way is by starting or improving small-group purchasing pools. This session features three current and former state legislators who will discuss the latest efforts in their respective states and evaluate strategies for reaching universal coverage at the state level. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. Survey the history of how various state legislatures enacted legislation that expanded health insurance coverage 2. Evaluate the quality of that legislation. How far does it go toward universal coverage? Is it expandable to groups that are not yet covered and/or services that are not yet covered? Is it based on some underlying principle or is it just grabbing what you can get? 3. Evaluate the next steps. What are prospective strategies for further improvement in insurance coverage? What are the merits/ weakness of each prospective strategy?
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Barry R. Skura, PhD
Organizer(s):Richard Gottfried, Chair
8:30 AMAre State Initiatives Bringing Us Closer to the Goal of Universal Health Insurance
John McDonough
8:50 AMEfforts to Expand Health Insurance Coverage in Wisconsin and Elsewhere
Peggy Rosenzweig, RankingMember
9:10 AMEfforts to Expand Health Insurance Coverage in New York State and Elsewhere
Richard Gottfried, Chair
Sponsor:Health Equity and Public Hospitals Caucus
Cosponsors:Health Administration; Social Work; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA