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Mission Statement

Two of the most important and challenging health care issues for state policymakers are improving patient care and, at the same time, controlling escalating costs.

As state decision makers create and shape health system policies, they are leveraging the states’ market power as both the purchasers of health care and stewards of quality. They also integrate new technologies and methods in ways that improves their citizens’ health while balancing the challenges and opportunities of federal health reform efforts.

NCSL’s Task Force on Innovations in State Health Systems explores the issues and opportunities faced by state policymakers as they reform their own health system. The task force also provides NCSL with guidance as it develops health policy resources for legislators and legislative staff.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the following task force sponsors: American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Hospital Association, Amerihealth Caritas, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Change Healthcare, CSL Behring, HIMSS, Humana, McKesson, Philips and Walmart. 

NCSL Health Innovations Task Force
Co-Chair: Senator Bo Watson, Tennessee

NCSL Contacts: Samantha Scotti (Denver) 

Members by States

Alabama
Representative Paul W. Lee
Arkansas
Representative Deborah Ferguson
Colorado
Representative Karen McCormick
Connecticut
Representative Kevin Ryan
Delaware
Senator Sarah McBride
Hawaii
Representative Andrew Takuya Garrett
Illinois
Senator Mattie Hunter
Iowa
Representative Michael Bergan
Kansas
Senator Beverly Gossage
Kentucky
Miriam Fordham
Maine
Anna Broome
Representative Michele Meyer
Maryland
Delegate Ariana B. Kelly
Mississippi
Lonnie Edgar Jr.
New Hampshire
Representative Erica Layon
North Carolina
Senator Joyce Krawiec
Oklahoma
Senator John Haste
Oregon
Senator Elizabeth Steiner
Pennsylvania
Representative Paul Schemel
Rhode Island
Senator Joshua Miller
South Carolina
Melvin Lewis Carter
South Dakota
Senator Jean Hunhoff
Tennessee
Senator Bo Watson
Texas
Representative Tom Oliverson
Utah
Representative James A. Dunnigan
Clare Tobin Lence
West Virginia
Delegate Matthew Rohrbach
Wyoming
Senator Fred Baldwin

Jan. 12-14, 2023

July 31, 2022

Nov. 2, 2021

Aug. 20-21, 2021

Dec. 15, 2020

Oct. 13, 2020

June 25, 2020

Dec. 9, 2019

Oct. 16-18, 2019

Aug. 5, 2019

Sept. 5-7, 2018

July 29, 2018

Dec. 10, 2017

  • Session Agenda
  • Presentation by Peter Juhn, MD, MPH, "Value-based Healthcare A manufacturer's persepective"
  • Presentation by Rhonda Anderson, RPh, MD, MPH, "State Medicaid Alternative Reimbursement Purchasing test for high-cost drug"

Oct. 12-14, 2017

Aug. 5, 2017

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