Policymakers want to better understand how much states spend on health care overall, how that amount has changed over time, what is driving it higher, and which policy approaches are containing costs while improving health outcomes.
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Health care spending presents a complicated set of challenges and financial burdens for states, whose obligations range from caring for the neediest residents—those who cannot afford health care or health insurance on their own—to providing coverage for state employees and retirees who have negotiated it as part of their compensation packages. States spend, in the aggregate, hundreds... Read More
This report, a first-of-its-kind effort, provides data on state OPEB liabilities—the cost in today’s dollars of benefitsto be paid to current workers and retirees over future years—and funding trends and how they are affected byaspects of state retiree health plans. Read More
As more states and localities have begun to re-evaluate and reform their criminal justice systems in recent years, policymakers have devoted increased attention to the health care provided to individuals transitioning in and out of prisons and jails. Read More