Health Care, a 50-State Challenge for Nation’s Public Health Administrators

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State officials are being forced to adjust to a dramatically altered landscape: serious fiscal challenges in the wake of the recession, the passing of the Affordable Care Act into law, and the broad political upheaval brought by the 2010 midterm elections. It’s clear that some states will shift gears in their approach to health care reform while others expect smooth transitions, even if a new governor was elected.

In this 2010 article for PA Times, Center President and CEO Elizabeth Kellar examines the impacts of these changes. She discusses how, while health care reform is stretching the capacity of state workforces, it also presents them with an important opportunity to tackle problems that need addressing.

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