With the new administration, it is certain that health care policy in the U.S. will take a new direction and likely that states will play a significant role in determining that direction. Stepping back from the details of health policy, it would be useful to understand what legislators consider to be the most important goals for health policy.
Do legislators across the U.S. agree mostly on goals even if there is disagreement on the methods of achieving them? Where there is disagreement, which goals do legislators disagree on?
Christina Pagel is a health services researcher sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund. She is working closely with the Milbank Memorial Fund and other experts, including current and former legislators, to prepare a one-page, anonymous survey for state legislators across all U.S. states who serve on committees that deal with health policy. Legislators will be asked to rank a list of 13 different goals in order of importance both for their state and for national U.S. health policy.
To increase the credibility of this study, sent out by National Network of Public Health Institutes, and the response rate, the survey administrators are asking state and regional institutions with an interest in this topic to endorse the project and perhaps follow up with their state legislators. As part of the partnerships, those institutions could be part of the analysis feedback process and receive blinded state-specific analyses.
A one page document explaining the project, how the survey will be administered & suggested sharing of results
The almost final draft of the one page survey
The draft invitation letter for legislators
If you are interested in endorsing this project or need additional information, please contact Dr. Christina Pagel or Chris Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, would also be happy to talk to members about the work.