What We're Reading at REACH

February 18, 2013  |  Foundation News  | Download File

Feature:  What We’re Reading at REACH

In our work, we come across a number of news items and reports related to the REACH Foundation’s funding priorities and strategic goals. “What we’re reading at REACH” is a collection of links to noteworthy articles that have caught our attention.

Health Insurance Exchange Decisions

February 15, 2013, was the deadline for states to notify the federal government about their intentions regarding operating a health insurance exchange. As of that date, 17 states and the District of Columbia have opted to run their own exchanges; seven states will partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange; and 26 states will have the federal government set up and operate their state’s health insurance exchange.

Read Washington Post article that includes chart depicting exchange decisions.

KanCare Oversight

Kansas House Bill 2025 that calls for establishment of a KanCare oversight committee has received support from at least 16 organizations, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and consumer health advocacy organizations, according to a KHI News article.

The measure would establish a joint committee of 11 senators and representatives with the chairmanship rotating between members of the House and Senate. The first chairperson would be a House member.

Read the KHI News article.

Among the REACH Foundation’s 2013 policy priorities is legislative and consumer oversight of KanCare, Kansas’ Medicaid program. Read the Foundation’s position statement on KanCare oversight and other policy priorities.

Quizzes to Kick Off the Week

How much do you know about the uninsured? Take this quick Kaiser Family Foundation quiz to test your knowledge. 

The New York Times offers a Well Flu quiz to see if you know how to handle flu season.