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5 Things We’re Watching is our regularly distributed market and policy intelligence newsletter. Each newsletter includes five items of relevance specific to your market. Enjoy links to original source documentation, thoughtful coverage from other outlets, and independent reporting from State of Reform.

5 Things California: Dialysis on ballot, legislative session, health care spending

| Aug 18, 2017 | California

Summer is almost over, though some memories will linger longer than others. One of mine is spending 6 hours holding my kids on an 18" ledge, on a 50' foot cliff, while trapped by a high tide.  It wasn't great. But, it was a reminder that no matter who we...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health care growth, Sen. Murkowski, Executive moves

| Aug 15, 2017 | Alaska

Summer is winding down, for better or worse.  But, after spending 6 hours with three kids on an 18" ledge, 50-feet above a surprise tide along the coast, I can tell you I'm ready to slow down a bit.  Thanks to the US Navy Search and Rescue for saving my...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Sen. Hirono, proposed rates & reductions, Joy Barua

| Aug 10, 2017 | Hawaii

I think we're all recovering from a little bit of whiplash following events in DC this July. While we're looking forward to a (hopefully) quiet recess, we couldn't resist giving a shout out to Senator Hirono for her work before looking at what's been happening in Hawaii's health care while...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Post-ACA healthcare system, Inslee admin, Marcy Shimada

| Aug 8, 2017 | Washington

"I'm just happy to be here." It's part of a great scene from the 1988 movie "Bull Durham" normally intended as a meaningless cliche. But, after spending 6 hours on an 18" ledge, 50-feet above a surprise tide, I can tell you I'm just happy to be here.  Thanks to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Molina & Centene, Special session, Marjorie Petty

| Aug 3, 2017 | Texas

I think we're all suffering from a little bit of whiplash following events in DC the last few weeks. Luckily, health policy in Austin seems to be moving a little slower, at least in the House. From the special session to the individual market, here's what we're watching for Texas...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Executive moves, US Senate, CCO Metrics

| Jul 27, 2017 | Oregon

It's an amazing time to watch the US Senate. Votes continue today with a single payer amendment coming to the floor as I write. But, we've got our eye on a few other items in Oregon health care as well. Here are 5 Things We're Watching for Oregon health care...[ Read More ]

5 Things CA: US Senate, single payer, Micah Weinberg

| Jul 26, 2017 | California

I was reminded of Churchill while watching the vote in the US Senate. This is a quote of his about which many might agree:  "Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." The US...[ Read More ]

5 Things WA: US Senate, MultiCare, Merissa Clyde

| Jul 25, 2017 | Washington

Who knows how this day will end in DC, though it appears Republicans are falling into line for a vote for debate to begin in the Senate. That vote is happening now. Watch it here. That, and a few other important things are what we have our eye on in...[ Read More ]

5 Things AK: 1332 waiver, Sitka Community Hospital, Noel Rea

| Jul 25, 2017 | Alaska

Usually, summer in Alaska and in Washington DC is a slower time for health policy.  Nothing feels slow about health care today, however.  Among the many things, here are 5 Things We're Watching in Alaska health care for your review. As always, thanks for reading our stuff. 1.  Moving pieces...[ Read More ]

5 Things HI: Scott Miscovich, BCRA, hospital charity care

| Jul 19, 2017 | Hawaii

I hear there is an interesting slate of summer movies out, but the latest episode of "Game of Thrones" has much of my attention.  And, by "Game of Thrones," I mean the debacle happening on health policy in Washington DC as the Senate ties itself in knots. It's some of...[ Read More ]