About State Network
State Health Reform Assistance Network (State Network) provides technical assistance to states in order to maximize coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The State Network deploys a multidisciplinary team of experts to work directly with state officials across agencies, including Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid agencies, Departments of Insurance and others. These experts come from leading national organizations, including Manatt Health and GMMB. Assistance to states focuses on the major coverage-related provisions of the ACA, including: operating health insurance marketplaces, instituting insurance market reforms, expanding Medicaid to newly eligible populations, streamlining eligibility and enrollment systems, and using data to drive policy decisions.
About State Health and Value Strategies
State Health and Value Strategies (SHVS) is a program committed to providing technical assistance to support state efforts to enhance the quality and value of health care by improving population health and reforming the delivery of health care services. SHVS connects states with experts and their peers to develop tools to undertake new reform initiatives and strives to meet states where they are by providing state-specific technical assistance and guidance. The program engages state officials, providing lessons learned, highlighting successful strategies, and bringing together states and stakeholders motivated to improve health care through quality, value, and payment reforms.
SHVS works with states across the country on technical assistance projects that involve payment and purchasing reforms, data and analytics, and stakeholder engagement. Projects include the creation of a data quality roadmap for Medicaid, stakeholder engagement to better integrate behavioral and substance use disorder care, and strategies to help states reduce the misuse and overuse of Medicaid services to lower costs and improve patient outcomes.
The program also develops policy briefs and other resources to guide state innovation and provide tools for state officials to meaningfully advance quality and value initiatives.
About the Team
The following team members at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs manage the State Network and State Health and Value Strategies Programs:
Heather Howard is a lecturer in Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she teaches courses on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the social determinants of health, and state and local health policy, and is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Health & Wellbeing. She is director of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program: the State Health and Value Strategies program supports state efforts to enhance the value of health care by improving population health and reforming the delivery of health care services. She served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008-2010, overseeing a cabinet-level agency with a budget of $3.5 billion and staff of 1,700, responsible for public health services, regulation of health care institutions, senior services, and health care policy and research.
Dan assists in managing and coordinating the technical assistance providers serving the states. He was deeply involved in ACA implementation at the state level as Deputy Chief of Staff for Rhode Island’s Lieutenant Governor. Dan was the principle subject matter expert for the Rhode Island Healthcare Reform Commission on Health Insurance Exchange policy and delivery system and payment reform through mid-2014. He also served as the State Innovation Model (SIM) project director for Rhode Island’s Model Design project and led the Exchange’s stakeholder engagement efforts. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Providence College.
Sally has worked in both state and local government in New Jersey, New York and California. Sally comes to Princeton after her time spent in state government at the New Jersey Office of Management and Budget where her portfolio included the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Families. In New Jersey she collaborated with her partners at both Departments to identify the budget implications of the expansion of Medicaid and the implementation of the State’s Comprehensive Medicaid waiver. Before working for New Jersey, Sally spent four years at the New York City Office of Management and Budget and was also a consultant to the San Francisco Human Services Agency. In addition to her time in government, Sally worked as a policy researcher in the non-profit sector where she focused on child welfare, cash assistance and child care policy. Sally holds an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy, as well as a BA from Brown University.