Rep. Tom Demmer Attends CSG Medicaid Leadership Academy

State Representative Tom Demmer was selected to attend The Council of State Governments’ Medicaid Leadership Academy Sept. 26-28 in Washington, D.C.

Federal government representatives and officials from health policy organizations and state Medicaid programs presented at the event, highlighting innovative programs in states that are improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs.

“Medicaid provides coverage for millions of Illinoisans and is one of the largest parts of the state budget. I have worked hard to improve health access for people across our state. This policy academy helps us find new ideas that are working well in other states and bring them back to Illinois,” said Rep. Demmer.

Presentation topics included dementia-competent care in Virginia, a telehealth diabetes monitoring program in Mississippi, a proposal in Oklahoma to move to value-based prescription drug purchasing and a Medicaid managed care organization’s work to address social determinants of health in Pennsylvania.

Thirty-three people, including legislators and regulators, from 24 states were selected to participate.

“CSG is very proud of the Medicaid academy series that began in 2012,” said Debra Miller, CSG’s director of health policy. “The meetings have been attended by more than 200 established and emerging leaders in health care and Medicaid policy from across the country.”

The Medicaid academy series exposes legislators to thought leaders and experienced program administrators and provides opportunities for peer discussions among legislators about promising approaches from other states and lessons learned.

The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.