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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.

WEA account win | Don Antonucci resigns | Podcast launched

| Mar 16, 2017 | Washington

It's hard to not watch what's happening in DC right now, but we have a few nuggets from this Washington that are worth keeping an eye on. Don Antonucci, Washington state teachers, and Dave Reichert are among a few for this edition of 5 Things We're Watching in health care...[ Read More ]

Reform's impacts in HI | Budget takes hit | Carla D'Angelo

| Mar 14, 2017 | Hawaii

It's hard not to watch the events in Washington DC health policy right now. We're tracking the impacts on Hawaii from an implementation of the Congressional Republicans' ACA replacement bill. "Replace," this week's House budget, and a few key legislative bills. It's what we're watching in Hawaii health care for...[ Read More ]

DaVita's misdeeds | Anne Rote | Why the GOP is struggling with "Replace"

| Mar 9, 2017 | Texas

For those of us that experienced the ACA debate in 2009, the current "repeal and replace" debate is oddly familiar. But, what's next is anyone's guess as the long-awaited Republican alternative is quickly taking on water from all sides. Meanwhile in Austin, the Legislature is focused on the budget -- with...[ Read More ]

Ralph Pascualy | Block grants | Andrew Over

| Mar 6, 2017 | Washington

I'm a little contrarian in this edition of 5 Things, but I'm channeling my inner Ralph Pascualy from his email to Providence CEO Rod Hochman (read it below): "When truth speaks to power, it’s out of respect and not insolence." If you don't hear from me next month, maybe this...[ Read More ]

California solution | Duane Dauner | Topical Agenda

| Mar 6, 2017 | California

The role of California as an independent health policy actor is coming into sharper focus, with both new assets and liabilities getting clarity. We're tracking some of those items below in 5 Things We're Watching in California health care for February. 1.  Replacing Duane Dauner at CHA Duane Dauner's public...[ Read More ]

Access vs. cost | Governor's race | Berkowitz on transparency

| Mar 6, 2017 | Alaska

Much of what's happening in Alaska health care can be seen as a collective but indirect policy debate:  should Alaska's priority in health care be access, cost or quality? Access has been the collective priority in recent decades, but the conversation is changing. The important discussions shaping how and whether...[ Read More ]

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 ]