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Health Policy in Blue States: Martin O'Malley

DJ Wilson | Jan 24, 2017 | Federal

Martin O'Malley is the former Governor of the State of Maryland.  While in that office, he implemented a major innovation in the health care marketplace that built upon the experience of the hospital commission in his state. O'Malley spoke at a State of Reform sponsored event recently.  This video has...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Rep. Andy Josephson

DJ Wilson | Jan 23, 2017 | Alaska

Rep. Andy Josephson serves in the Alaska legislature. He is a co-chair of the House Resource Committee and joined us as a speaker at our 2016 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. In this interview, he is looking ahead to the 2017 legislative session. He notes the fiscal challenges...[ Read More ]

Interview with Michael Stollar, HMSA

DJ Wilson | Jan 2, 2017 | Hawaii

I had a conversation with Michael Stollar, President and COO at HMSA, about the outlook for 2017 for the organization.  He shared some candid thoughts on the questions for the market ahead of the ACA "repeal and replace" strategy, on the payment reform in Hawaii, and on the workplace culture...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Kelly Stanford

DJ Wilson | Dec 28, 2016 | Washington

Kelly Stanford is the Vice President for Clinical Operations and Market Integration at Group Health.  She runs the Eastern Washington market for Group Health. In this edition of "What They're Watching," Stanford lays out some of the topline issues that GHC is tackling heading into 2017.  As she says, some...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Sarah Summer, Blue Shield of California

DJ Wilson | Dec 13, 2016 | California

Sarah Summer is the Deputy Director of Public Policy for Blue Shield of California.  In this edition of "What They're Watching," Summer highlights the challenge of providers gaming the insurance system to drive up reimbursement. She specifically cites DaVita and Fresenius as two players that will pay to upgrade Medicaid...[ Read More ]

Six policy ideas to stabilize state insurance markets during TrumpCare debate

| Dec 13, 2016 | California, Federal, Washington

Context If you're in the strategy office of a health plan, you are asking yourself whether or not to remain in the individual market for 2018.  Product filings will be due in the second quarter, so building those products has already begun while attempting to have an understanding of what...[ Read More ]

Pam MacEwan on the future of the WAHBE

DJ Wilson | Dec 12, 2016 | Washington

  As we come to the close of 2016, it has become apparent that the political winds on health care at the federal level have shifted greatly and change will be coming. Like many, we at the Washington Health Benefit Exchange will be closely following what – and how much...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Paula Arcena, AlohaCare

DJ Wilson | Dec 12, 2016 | Hawaii

Paula Arcena is the Chief Customer Officer at AlohaCare in Hawaii.  AlohaCare is primarily a Medicaid plan built and organized by the FQHCs in the state. Her comments here reflect some pretty savvy thinking when taken together. She comments on the rising awareness of the social determinants of health and...[ Read More ]