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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.

AHCA, Juneau, Beth Johnson

| Jun 22, 2017 | Alaska

These are "interesting times," indeed. We focus this issue primarily on the AHCA, but we can't overlook Juneau or thoughtful voices working towards innovation and collaboration in Alaska's health care system. It's "What We're Watching" in Alaska health care. 1.  Senate version of the AHCA is out Here are a...[ Read More ]

Two trends, AHCA Senate vote, Jason Burke

| Jun 21, 2017 | California

As summer arrives with its first heat wave, we also get closer to a Senate vote on the AHCA. But we're keeping our eyes on a lot of other things this month. Here's 5 Things We're Watching for June. 1.  Two important trends in health care Sen. Lara's single payer...[ Read More ]

Individual market, learning from Nevada, North Central

| Jun 19, 2017 | Washington

For the first time since March, 2015, we are going to just one edition this month. The June-uary weather - following such a tough winter and spring - has convinced us to get out of town for a bit.  So, less clutter from me for your inbox this month! 1. ...[ Read More ]

Michael Robinson, Pacific VA, HMSA performance

| Jun 8, 2017 | Hawaii

Health policy isn't disconnected from political reality. So, it's possible the most important health policy activity today comes from Jim Comey's testimoney before the US Senate. If you weren't up at 4:00 am for his remarks, you can read them here. They read like a Hollywood screenplay. With that, here...[ Read More ]

Anthony Haley, patient costs, AHCA

| Jun 7, 2017 | Texas

Just when you thought you could enjoy summer, it looks like we're heading for both a special Texas legislative session and a US Senate vote on the AHCA in the weeks ahead. The sands are shifting under our feet. Those two things and a few others are What We're Watching...[ Read More ]

Economic growth, Jim Capretta, Dr. Ryan McGhan

| May 23, 2017 | Alaska

As the fiscal situation in Juneau drags on, and the economic recession begins to deepen, we turn this month to health care costs in Alaska.  They make up the context of almost everything happening in Alaska health policy right now - from the AHCA to RFPs to economic activity. It's...[ Read More ]

CBO, Qliance, Jim Capretta

| May 23, 2017 | Washington

As always, we have 5 Things We're Watching ready for you - but candidly, this list could be 12 or 13 items long. There's a great deal going on, certainly, but I can't help but wonder if it's all distraction. Are we improving the system rapidly enough to be able...[ Read More ]

Trumpression, Knute Buehler, Jim Capretta

| May 18, 2017 | Oregon

"Grow confident making decisions amidst the chaos." This from the boardroom wall of an insurance company I know - and a good reminder that just when we thought things might settle down, even more upheaval appears on the horizon. It's part of what we're watching in Oregon health care in...[ Read More ]

Legislative run down, #stopunderpayments, Rep. Burrows

| May 15, 2017 | Texas

We are down to our last two weeks of the regular session, and with no session next year, the foundation of state policy is about to be finalized for the next 18 months. That doesn't mean the messaging or the markets will stop however. So, we're watching all three: policy,...[ Read More ]

Teresa Mosqueda | Mario Molina | Dorothy Teeter

| May 9, 2017 | Washington

What a few weeks it has been. We are in the middle of action at the federal, state and local levels. Some board rooms are responding actively. Some are taking cover. Regardless of how organizations respond to the environment today, I recall the old adage among executives at Group Health...[ Read More ]