Commentary

2018 Elections and State Health Policy: Expect More Innovation

This national scan summarizes the health care reforms and innovations that newly-elected governors promoted in their campaigns and may become policy in 2019. Political changes in governorships and state legislatures across the nation could usher in new state health policy initiatives that could impact Medicaid expansion, health insurance coverage and individual markets, drug cost controls, health care workforce shortages, substance abuse disorder treatment, and how states address the social determinants of health.

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