The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) sent this letter dated September 23, 2009, to Senators Max Baucus (Chair) and Charles Grassley(Ranking Member) of the Finance Committee, outlining the states' collective position on the healthcare reform bill, aka America's Health Future Act. Here are the request highlights:
*No unfunded federal mandates and full funding of any eligibility categories, services and increases for reimbursements.
*Automatic countercyclical stabilizer.
*Investments for improvements to the medicaid program.
*State regulation of health insurance.
*Long-term care initiatives.
*Disproportinate Share Hospital payments.
*Medical malpractice innovations.