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The war against freestanding ERs continues

| Mar 24, 2017 | Texas

We said previously there was a veritable "war against freestanding ERs" taking place as part of this year's legislative session in Austin. Not only is that fight continuing, it shows all the signs of spilling over past the legislative session, regardless of how various pieces of legislation targeting the industry...[ Read More ]

Guest column: Independence and free market under attack in Texas

| Mar 23, 2017 | Texas

Editor's note: Dr. de Moor contacted us after our recent coverage of the freestanding ER issue in the Texas legislature. We invited her to submit a column to provide additional perspective from freestanding ER practitioners. State of Reform strives to be a neutral venue -- both at our conferences and our...[ Read More ]

What happened to the AHCA vote?

| Mar 23, 2017 | Federal

UPDATE: The coverage below was written after the first scheduled AHCA vote that didn't happen on Thursday, March 23. The key points about why the vote wasn't happening and what addressing health care policy will be so difficult for Congressional Republicans still holds after they pulled the bill from the House...[ Read More ]

Washington state Democrats waiting to see what laws Congress passess before back-filling Medicaid

Erin Fenner | Mar 23, 2017 | Washington

Washington state GOP leaders have been saying they'll wait-and-see what Congress passes into law to reform health care, before rushing to judgement. Though state Democrats have offered judgement on policy proposals, they're in a similar spot when it comes to state actions or reactions to federal policy. They have to...[ Read More ]

Sen. Murkowski on the AHCA: “This is a flawed replacement.”

| Mar 23, 2017 | Alaska

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski hosted a virtual town hall about healthcare today. The town hall began shortly after the House announced that it would not be voting on the AHCA tonight. Sen. Murkowski reiterated her concerns about the bill in its current form and reform in general. “First off, I...[ Read More ]

Funding wish list includes the other things that make us healthy

| Mar 23, 2017 | Hawaii

There’s an increasing awareness that clinical care is a relatively minor contributor to a person’s health status. Studies show that poor health is more commonly related to poverty, poor education, environmental factors, and chronic discrimination and stress.  Countries that invest more in social services and education have healthier populations and...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker issues statement on proposed federal healthcare legislation

| Mar 23, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker issued the following statement today on the proposed American Healthcare Act that is currently being considered by Congress: "For the past two years, my team and I have heard from Alaskans statewide who received life-saving procedures, critical care for loved ones, and peace of mind knowing they...[ Read More ]

Washington State providers and delivery system speak out against the American Health Care Act

| Mar 23, 2017 | Washington

Washington’s main health care delivery systems and provider organization oppose proposal. Five organizations that represent Washington State’s largest health care delivery systems, physicians and providers are stating their opposition to the American Health Care Act. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), Washington Association of Community...[ Read More ]

Medicaid and oral health overlooked in House budget

| Mar 23, 2017 | Hawaii

While working on two State Health Innovation Plans in Hawaii, I heard over and over from providers about the problems that arise due to poor access to behavioral and oral health care. Mental health and substance abuse services are currently considered essential services and coverage parity is required, if not...[ Read More ]

Letter: Oregon doctor responds to Congressman Greg Walden's support of AHCA

| Mar 22, 2017 | Oregon

We sent out our monthly 5 Things We’re Watching in Oregon email this morning, where we talked about Congressman Greg Walden’s support of the American Health Care Act and the potential ballot impacts in the next election. One of our readers, Dr. David Jones, sent us his input on Walden’s...[ Read More ]