The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize students with health reform strategies adopted by states. Students will select a state health policy reform innovation and describe the rationale, how it was adopted (e.g., federal waivers, passage by state legislature), the funding structure, and (to the extent statistical data are available) its impact. Students should summarize their findings in a 1-2 page, single-spaced memo due Sunday, October 8th . Examples of state innovations include Maryland’s hospital rate setting, Vermont’s single payer system, Massachusetts’ health reforms, Florida’s Medicaid program, and Kentucky’s Medicaid healthcare program.

Assignment Rubric

Rational Adoption 30 points

Funding Structure 30

Points Impact on Healthcare 30 points

APA Format 10 points