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Introduction to State Health Policy

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A Seminar for New State Legislators

This non-partisan seminar, co-sponsored with the National Conference of State Legislatures and held March 31 through April 3, 2005, was designed to provide an overview of major health policy issues facing State legislators who are new to health policy issues. The purpose of the seminar was to provide the legislators with sufficient background on specific issues to address them more quickly and effectively in legislative sessions.

While listening to the audio, you can also access the individual PowerPoint® slide presentations and manually move through the slides referred to by each presenter. There is a text version of each slide presentation as well as a text transcript of the audio for each session. Select for Playback Tips and Software Requirements.


Session 1: Roles of State Legislatures and State Government in Determining Health Policy

Streaming Presentation (Length: 1:20 Hours)

Session 2: State Roles in Regulating Health Care Markets: Balancing Cost, Access, and Quality

Streaming Presentation (Length: 2:00 Hours)

Session 3: Quality and Cost: Achieving Value in Today's Health Care System

Streaming Presentation (Length: 1:30 Hours)

Session 4: Understanding the Importance of Public Health

Streaming Presentation (Length: 1 Hour)

Session 5: Providing Access to Care, Part I: The Uninsured and the Health Care Safety Net

Streaming Presentation (Length: 2:07 Hours)

Session 6: Hot Issues in Health Care: Focus on Medicaid and SCHIP

Streaming Presentation (53 Minutes)

Session 7: Health Care Workforce Issues

Streaming Presentation (Length: 1:26 Hours)

Session 8: The Crisis in Medical Malpractice Insurance

Streaming Presentation (Length: 1:30 Hours)

Session 9: Prescription Drugs

Streaming Presentation (Length: 1:19 Hours)

Session 10: Cost, Quality, and Access: Providing Long-term Care Services to an Increasingly Elderly and Chronically Ill Population

Streaming Presentation (47 Minutes)

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Playback Tips

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Software Requirements

To access the audio clips, you will need Real® player software installed on your computer. To download a free RealOne® player, go to and select "Get the Free Real® Player." Check the minimum requirements for each for your system; if you are a Macintosh or Unix/Linux user, select the player appropriate for your computer.

Follow the instructions provided for download and installation. If you are unsure of where you saved it on your computer, select "Start" on your navigation bar, then "Find," and search for "Real." When you find the folder, look for the "Set-Up" box, select that, and the installation will begin.

Current as of October 2005

Internet Citation:

Introduction to State Health Policy: A Seminar for New State Legislators. Seminar held March 31-April 3, 2005. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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