State Policies To Make Health Care More Affordable During COVID-19 And Beyond

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Jaime S. King
Jaime S. King Executive Editor

Roslyn Murray, Suzanne F. Delbanco, Jaime S. King
January 8, 2021

In collaboration with Catalyst for Payment Reform (“CPR”), The Source Executive Editor Jaime King discusses state health care legislation trends gathered from the Database of State Laws Impacting Healthcare Cost and Quality (SLIHCQ), particularly in the era of COVID-19, in a series of three blog posts in the Health Affairs Blog.

The third post, State Policies To Make Health Care More Affordable During COVID-19 And Beyond, discusses three state policies that seek to improve health care affordability and accessibility during and beyond the pandemic and recommends a combination of these three approaches to target high-price providers. It highlights 1) the cost growth benchmark model as used in Massachusetts, 2) legislation to directly cap hospital prices as seen in Oregon and Montana, and 3) policies to limit hospital price growth in Rhode Island.

The SLIHCQ Database was developed in partnership with CPR and is an interactive tool that hosts ongoing state legislative efforts to implement healthcare reform. It is intuitively designed to allow policymakers and other stakeholders to customize and filter their searches by key issue and state.

See the other two blog posts in the Health Affairs series here.

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