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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.

Providence resignation | High provider prices | Jeff Heatherington

| Mar 6, 2017 | Oregon

Expect news in the next week on a major financing proposal to close the Medicaid budget gap in Salem - which is among the most important health policy issues in Oregon this year.  But, until then, we've got 5 Things We're Watching in Oregon health care for the month of...[ Read More ]

Ige's budget cuts | Bills moving | Three things from DC

| Feb 17, 2017 | Hawaii

We are a few weeks removed from our 2017 Hawaii Health Policy Conference, a time when the legislature had yet to begin.  The session is now underway, bills are moving and revenues are falling. Those are some of the 5 Things We're Watching this month in Hawaii health care.  As...[ Read More ]

Providence & Times |  PEBB & HCA | Three things from DC

| Feb 17, 2017 | Washington

Since January 1st, we've held 8 convenings of various sizes in Washington, Hawaii, Texas, Oregon and California. It's been very cool to hear the conversations taking place across the country during this time of transition - but exhausting. Luckily, things slow down for us for a bit, and we can...[ Read More ]

24-24 tie in Senate | Murray, Cantwell, Price | Dawn Johnson

| Jan 25, 2017 | Washington

I sometimes think that things might be relatively straightforward in health care - and January was one of those times.  Yet... not so much. From commercial insurance to Medicaid policy, there are so many variables in flux that even looking ahead to April is a task. So, here are 5...[ Read More ]

Medicaid costs | OHA cuts | Martin O'Malley

| Jan 25, 2017 | Oregon

Oregon's budget deficit as a percentage of its overall budget is among the largest you'll ever see in a state. It could offer a transformational opportunity for health care - but it probably also means an extended session into July. It's some of what we're watching this month.   1. ...[ Read More ]

80th percentile | Rep. Andy Josephson | 1332 waiver finalized

DJ Wilson | Jan 24, 2017 | Alaska

There is plenty of health policy action in D.C., for sure. But, the Walker Administration is fully engaged in implementing the transformation called for in SB74. In the legislature, solving the fiscal shortfall probably requires addressing Medicaid costs. We're tracking some of these moving parts in this edition of 5...[ Read More ]

Price on hot seat | Sutter Health Plan | Convening Panel

| Jan 18, 2017 | California

This is a week of consequence in a month of consequence. Many outlets will cover the big headlines. We're trying to avoid distraction and stay focused on the details.  So, we've got 5 Things for you this month in California health care we think are worth watching amidst all the...[ Read More ]

Three governors | legislature starts | Republicans don't the votes

| Jan 13, 2017 | Washington

We are late getting this out to you this week, but wanted it in your inbox before the weekend. Last week's conference was a wonderful success.  From our team to those of you who could make it, it was an honor hosting all of your with us.  Thank you for...[ Read More ]

Rep. Garnet Coleman | Providers v. health plans | The broken individual market

| Jan 10, 2017 | Texas

The holiday season is over and the work of health policy already looks to be fast and furious in the New Year. The new Congress assembled last week, with the ACA immediately in the crosshairs. The Texas Legislature is now convened. And President-elect Trump will be inaugurated on the 20th. Already, there...[ Read More ]

Michael Stollar | Jiseki Health | January 12th

| Jan 3, 2017 | Hawaii

Welcome to 2017 and what is expected to be a year of upheaval in health care. This month, we're tracking some of the issues that offer the most potential disruption for the year - almost all of which you'll hear about at our conference on January 12th! I hope we'll...[ Read More ]