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    Implementation Websites

    A well-designed web presence can serve as a means for both educating members of the public and soliciting their input.


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    A well-designed web presence can serve as a means for both educating members of the public and soliciting their input.

    *Milestone details:

    *Full name: Maintain a website or webpage that apprises the public of opportunities for input and decisions made.

    *Relevance to the ACA:

    Many members of the public will be interested in following events and weighing in on policies pertaining to various provisions of the ACA. An easy-to-navigate, well-designed, and thorough website or webpage can help members of the public learn about and respond to issues that matter to them.

    Nothing in the ACA requires states to develop a website or webpage to facilitate communication with the public for policy development purposes. However, several provisions of the ACA require or encourage states to undertake public engagement. Web technologies may facilitate this engagement.

    §1311 – Navigator organizations that will help consumers and employers use the exchange must demonstrate relationships with members of the public.

    §2401 – Consumer feedback for approval of a state plan option for home and community-based attendant services and supports.

    §4201 – Demonstrated ability to engage stakeholders as a condition of receiving a Community Transformation Grant.

    §5102 – Stakeholder involvement as a condition of awarding workforce development grants.

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    Sonya Schwartz
    District of Columbia
    A state just asked me, "Can you recommend any states’ health care reform/ACA implementation websites that we might look to as models?" and here is my response:... read more

    A state just asked me, "Can you recommend any states’ health care reform/ACA implementation websites that we might look to as models?" and here is my response:

    I don't know that any one state is the best model, but here are some features I would suggest including:
    1. Ability to gather public input. Whether this is formal comments on regs, or just general feedback, the ability to accept input could be very helpful.
    2. Ability to subscribe to updates, potentially on different topics if there is enough happening that people might want to choose (whether through RSS feeds or an email notification system or both)
    3. Some common types of materials that states post are: FAQs and consumer materials, press releases, presentations, timelines of developments, meeting minutes, legislation or proposed legislation, federal guidance, responses to federal guidance…

    The best advice I can give as a wonk turned webmaster is that there are two keys to making a website a success:
    -- A clear and functioning organizational scheme/ taxonomy and a design that reflects it (I can share our State Refor(u)m topics/taxonomy if that would be helpful!).
    -- A clear business process behind the site that accounts for decisions about who feeds in the new content, who decides what goes where, and who is trained to do the actual posting and updating and improving of the site.

    We wrote a blog post a few months ago with thoughts about this topic:
    http://www.statereforum.org/blog/aca-implementation-websites

    We also have links to all the state reform implementation websites we have been able to identify:
    http://www.statereforum.org/blog/aca-implementation-websites

    replyJan 10th, '12
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    North Carolina - Implementation Websites
    The North Carolina Institute of Medicine hosts information and resources about federal health care reform, as well as information on North Carolina's nine ACA-related workgroups. Access the site here: http://www.nciom.org/task-forces-and-projects/ read more

    The North Carolina Institute of Medicine hosts information and resources about federal health care reform, as well as information on North Carolina's nine ACA-related workgroups.

    Access the site here:

    http://www.nciom.org/task-forces-and-projects/

    replyAug 17th, '11
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    New Jersey - Implementation Websites
    The New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance hosts a web page about the PPACA and makes available federal legislation and answers to FAQ. Access the site here: http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_consumers/insurance/ppaca.html read more

    The New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance hosts a web page about the PPACA and makes available federal legislation and answers to FAQ.

    Access the site here:

    http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_consumers/insurance/ppaca.html

    replyAug 17th, '11
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    Missouri - Implementation Websites
    The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Regulation & Professional Registration hosts a web page with information about federal health care reform. Access the site here: http://insurance.mo.gov/consumers/health/lhindex.php read more

    The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Regulation & Professional Registration hosts a web page with information about federal health care reform.

    Access the site here:

    http://insurance.mo.gov/consumers/health/lhindex.php

    replyAug 17th, '11
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    Mississippi - Implementation Websites
    The Mississippi Insurance Department hosts a website with federal grant information and updates as well as resources on the ACA and Health Benefit Exchanges. Access the site here: http://www.mid.state.ms.us/pages/health_care_reform.aspx read more

    The Mississippi Insurance Department hosts a website with federal grant information and updates as well as resources on the ACA and Health Benefit Exchanges.

    Access the site here:

    http://www.mid.state.ms.us/pages/health_care_reform.aspx

    replyAug 16th, '11
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    Louisiana - Implementation Websites
    This Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals hosts a web page providing resources about the PPACA. Access the website here: http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/1448 read more

    This Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals hosts a web page providing resources about the PPACA.

    Access the website here:

    http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/1448

    replyAug 16th, '11
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    Florida - Implementation Websites
    The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation hosts a web page with information on how the federal health care reform law affects Florida. You can access the page here: http://www.floir.com/Sections/LandH/FederalHCReform.aspx read more

    The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation hosts a web page with information on how the federal health care reform law affects Florida.

    You can access the page here:

    http://www.floir.com/Sections/LandH/FederalHCReform.aspx

    replyAug 16th, '11
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    Delaware - Implementation Websites
    The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services hosts a website providing resources and information for consumers about health care reform and the Health Benefit Exchange coming to Delaware.... read more

    The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services hosts a website providing resources and information for consumers about health care reform and the Health Benefit Exchange coming to Delaware.

    You can access the site here:

    http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dhcc/

    replyAug 16th, '11
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    Arkansas - Implementation Websites
    The Arkansas Insurance Department hosts a website with information and resources on health care reform and the Arkansas Health Benefit Exchange. You can access the site here: http://www.insurance.arkansas.gov/administration/Reform.html read more

    The Arkansas Insurance Department hosts a website with information and resources on health care reform and the Arkansas Health Benefit Exchange.

    You can access the site here:

    http://www.insurance.arkansas.gov/administration/Reform.html

    replyAug 16th, '11
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    Arizona - Implementation Websites
    The Arizona Department of Insurance hosts a website with health care reform information and resources. You can access the site here: http://www.azinsurance.gov/healthcarereform.html#B_1 read more

    The Arizona Department of Insurance hosts a website with health care reform information and resources.

    You can access the site here:

    http://www.azinsurance.gov/healthcarereform.html#B_1

    replyAug 16th, '11
    Lela Shimaka
    District of Columbia
    Alaska - Implementation Websites
    The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services hosts a website with health care reform implementation resources. You can access the site here: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/fedhealth/default.htm read more

    The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services hosts a website with health care reform implementation resources.

    You can access the site here:

    http://www.hss.state.ak.us/fedhealth/default.htm

    replyAug 16th, '11
    Wisconsin - Implementation Websites
    This website provides updates on the implementation activities of Wisconsin's Office of Healthcare Reform.... read more

    This website provides updates on the implementation activities of Wisconsin's Office of Healthcare Reform.

    Access the website here:
    http://www.healthcarereform.wisconsin.gov/Index.asp

    Also, this website provides an overview of the meetings and activities of the Wisconsin State Legislature's Special Committee on Health Reform Implementation.

    Access the website here:
    http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lc/committees/study/2010/REFORM/index.html

    replyMar 14th, '11
    Washington - Implementation Websites
    This website provides updates on the activities of Washington State's health care cabinet.... read more

    This website provides updates on the activities of Washington State's health care cabinet.

    Access the website here:
    http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/healthcare/cabinet.asp

    Also, this website provides an overview of the activities of Washington State's Joint Legislative Select Committee on Health Reform Implementation.

    Access the website here:
    http://www.leg.wa.gov/jointcommittees/HRI/Pages/default.aspx

    replyMar 14th, '11

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