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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.

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Alzheimer's | AHCA vote | Kat Latet

| Apr 26, 2017 | Washington

When we talk about mental health, can we start with the weather? Gawd...  Cliff Mass compares the "atmospheric river" (a real thing, actually) we've been enduring to Darth Vader's Empire and to Jaws for the horror of it all. The photos and predictions will depress you. Hopefully, the 5 Things...[ Read More ]

Regular session | Group Health Foundation | Ray Manahan

| Apr 11, 2017 | Washington

First Hillary Clinton. Then Gonzaga University. I'm not so great at picking winners, I guess. In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," I imply a few other predictions about our legislature and our Congress. So, consider the source for those when you read this month's edition. 1. Olympia: Budget...[ Read More ]

Gonzaga | State budget | Congress

| Mar 28, 2017 | Washington

"Our long national nightmare is over."  Meaning Gonzaga is finally in the Final Four!  Since my success in predicting Clinton's victory didn't go so well, I'll just say I'm looking forward to a trip to Phoenix this weekend to watch some good basketball. And hopefully an Oregon loss. Till then,...[ Read More ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]