Watch the states for creativity, opportunities and risks

The new year has brought a flurry of activity at the state and local level to address the healthcare crisis: proposals that healthcare entrepreneurs should track closely. California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, is on a tear, prepared to spend large dollars to ensure greater insurance over and more support to families paying for it. In Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee is proposing a state offered “public plan.” And in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York announced a plan to guarantee everyone has access to healthcare: “We are saying the word guarantee because we can make it happen.” As the federal government appears increasingly paralyzed, states probably are the best place for creative maneuvers in healthcare. Entrepreneurs, study the proposals carefully. Even the states and governments with recent surpluses (Californian and New York City) will face enormous budgetary challenges in fulfilling their healthcare goals. None of the plans specifically addresses how care is organized and delivered. Without addressing how, where, and by who care is delivered, there is no meaningful solution. This is where innovators and entrepreneurs care make a major positive contribution.

So have a look and study these closely:

Read NYT: Opinion Can States Fix the Disaster of American Health Care?

Read NYT: De Blasio Unveils Health Care Plan for Undocumented and Low-Income New Yorkers

Read Governing: Can California and NYC Afford Their Near-Universal Health-Care Plans?

Read State of Reform: Washington Governor announces proposal for public health care option

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