Small steps toward coverage


Innovations by states to expand health coverage

Despite continued state financial pressure, rising insurance premiums, and increasing numbers of uninsured, states continued to develop innovative strategies to expand health insurance coverage in 2004, according to a new report, "State of the States: Finding Alternate Routes," to be released February 3, 2005. This annual report, produced by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Coverage Initiatives program (SCI), tells the story of state health coverage activities from the previous year. As the only report to provide a comprehensive analysis of state activities in health care coverage, "State of the States" is an important resource for states to learn from one another how to improve and expand health coverage in these challenging times.

What: Launch of 2005 annual SCI report, State of the States: Finding Alternate Routes
           Alice Burton, Director, AcademyHealth State Health Group, and SCI program director
           Joe Thompson, Principal Investigator, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
           Sonia Chambers, Chair, West Virginia Health Care Authority

When: February 3, 2005

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Meeting Room 19
              Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel
              999 Ninth Street N.W.
              Washington, D.C. 20001

Media may register on-site or in advance by contacting Stacia Sanvik at [email protected]. AcademyHealth serves as the national program office for SCI. The SCI program is a national initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that works with states to plan, execute, and maintain health insurance expansions, as well as to improve the availability and affordability of health care coverage. Details on the SCI program are available at

This press event is held in conjunction with the National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), sponsored by AcademyHealth and Health Affairs.

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