About State Network
State Health Reform Assistance Network (State Network) provides technical assistance to states in order to maximize coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The State Network deploys a multidisciplinary team of experts to work directly with state officials across agencies, including Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid agencies, Departments of Insurance and others. These experts come from leading national organizations, including Manatt Health and GMMB. Assistance to states focuses on the major coverage-related provisions of the ACA, including: operating health insurance marketplaces, instituting insurance market reforms, expanding Medicaid to newly eligible populations, streamlining eligibility and enrollment systems, and using data to drive policy decisions.
About State Health and Value Strategies
State Health and Value Strategies (SHVS) is a program committed to providing technical assistance to support state efforts to enhance the quality and value of health care by improving population health and reforming the delivery of health care services. SHVS connects states with experts and their peers to develop tools to undertake new reform initiatives and strives to meet states where they are by providing state-specific technical assistance and guidance. The program engages state officials, providing lessons learned, highlighting successful strategies, and bringing together states and stakeholders motivated to improve health care through quality, value, and payment reforms.
SHVS works with states across the country on technical assistance projects that involve payment and purchasing reforms, data and analytics, and stakeholder engagement. Projects include the creation of a data quality roadmap for Medicaid, stakeholder engagement to better integrate behavioral and substance use disorder care, and strategies to help states reduce the misuse and overuse of Medicaid services to lower costs and improve patient outcomes.
The program also develops policy briefs and other resources to guide state innovation and provide tools for state officials to meaningfully advance quality and value initiatives.
About the Team
The following team members at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs manage the State Network and State Health and Value Strategies Programs:
Heather Howard is a lecturer in Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she teaches courses on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and state and local health policy, and is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Health & Wellbeing. She is director of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded programs: the State Health and Value Strategies program supports state efforts to enhance the value of health care by improving population health and reforming the delivery of health care services and the State Health Reform Assistance Network provides technical assistance to states implementing the ACA. She served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health and Senior Services from 2008-2010, overseeing a cabinet-level agency with a budget of $3.5 billion and staff of 1,700, responsible for public health services, regulation of health care institutions, senior services, and health care policy and research.
Dan assists in managing and coordinating the technical assistance providers serving the states. He was deeply involved in ACA implementation at the state level as Deputy Chief of Staff for Rhode Island’s Lieutenant Governor. Dan was the principle subject matter expert for the Rhode Island Healthcare Reform Commission on Health Insurance Exchange policy and delivery system and payment reform through mid-2014. He also served as the State Innovation Model (SIM) project director for Rhode Island’s Model Design project and led the Exchange’s stakeholder engagement efforts. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Providence College.
Brian assists in coordinating technical assistance efforts to states through the State Network and State Health and Value Strategies programs. Prior to joining the team in February 2014, Brian worked as a legislative aide for the New Jersey State Senate President. He also previously served as an intern for the Chairman of the New Jersey State Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee. Brian received his Master of Arts in political science from Temple University, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University.