What this does mean is that a nine-member board is empowered to begin work crafting a plan for the legislature. As a nurse, I can tell you this is a well thought out plan that addresses healthcare from many sides: prevention, risk reduction, increasing efficiency, maintaining high quality and accessibility. It is unusual to see an approach that is this comprehensive. And, that's why the plan is to take a year to map this out and to present recommendations to the General Assembly. That takes us to July 1, 2010.
By January 1, 2011, SustiNet will submit a bill to the legislature detailing implementation plans (PDF):
- Improve health, quality of care, and access, while slowing growth of health care spending
- Effective management of chronic illnesses, preventive care and addressing ethnic and racial disparities in care
- Establish provider networks and set payment methods
- Design a range of options under the plan
- Provide coverage to all -- including those with pre-existing conditions
- Examine revenue sources and maximize Federal reimbursement dollars
This quote is particularly meaningful, given this veto override occurred on the 40th anniversary of the moon landing:
We are committed to health care reform, not because it is easy but because it is hard and because it is the right thing to do.
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
-John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962