State Policy Network

Healthcare Policy

SPN seeks to increase access to quality healthcare throughout the states. Americans are grappling with a strained healthcare system and bloating costs. The federal government’s only solution is to move us towards socialized medicine, which will address neither the costs nor quality of care. Meanwhile, the states are where we can show the federal government what a free-market healthcare system can look like.

Ben Wilterdink

Director of Policy Initiatives



Our Offerings

Working Group

We gather the leading state think tank experts, key partners, and SPN fellows to analyze the trends, opportunities, and challenges within the areas of healthcare, energy, education, and fiscal policy. These working groups help state think tanks connect with peers across the country, share policy ideas, and hear about best practices.

Policy Advising

Josh Archambault is a visiting healthcare policy fellow for the State Policy Network. In his role, Josh serves SPN member organizations working to advance healthcare policy solutions in the states by overseeing SPN’s Healthcare Policy Working Group, advising state think tanks on healthcare policy, and connecting healthcare policy peers.

State Solutions Grant Fund

Generous donors seeking to invest in policy reforms in the states contribute to SPN’s State Solutions Grant Funds. These funds support state think tank issue campaigns that pursue opportunities identified in the policy working group. Invitation to issue campaign grants is determined by available funds and donor intent.

Criteria for Acceptance

Participation in the working group is voluntary. Invitation to the working group is determined by the policy priorities SPN members indicate in the Membership Renewal Survey and SPN staff capacity constraints. We continue to expand our working group capacity to incorporate more members.

Invitations to issue campaign grants is determined by available funds and donor intent.

Helpful Resources

Medicaid Policy Guide

This initial policy resource from SPN’s Healthcare Policy group spreads the good news that states have the power toinnovate their Medicaid programs and offers a slate of policy solutions that states can pursue to build a better program—one tailored to the needs of their citizens, not calibrated to the mandates of federal lawmakers. Read More>>