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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.

5 Things Washington: 1332 Waiver, Q&A w/Sen. Dhingra, Early Bird registration

| May 25, 2022 | Washington

Though we are still a ways out, we're excited to announce that we've already begun planning for the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference! After hosting this conference virtually for the last two years, we're very much looking forward to hosting this event in person on September 8th at...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Trends and issues in LTSS, Progress on VBC, Courts and health policy

| May 24, 2022 | Arizona

The wait is over—we are holding the 2022 Arizona State of Reform Health Policy Conference in person in Phoenix this week! We are so excited to see everyone there and to hear the valuable conversations that we've scheduled for the day. This newsletter features a rundown of just a few...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: End of session, Q&A w/ Lindsey Kato, Rural hospitals

| May 19, 2022 | Alaska

Yesterday marked the final day of the 2022 legislative session following days of budget negotiations and policy conversations. With that in mind, this edition of "5 Things We're Watching" includes a look at some of the last minute bill movement that took place at the capitol in the final days. We...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: May Revise, Abortion protections, Statewide HIE preparedness

| May 19, 2022 | California

We've got some important updates in this week's newsletter, including several on-the-move bills and an overview of health funding in Gov. Newsom's May Revise budget proposal. We also have coverage of the steps California is taking to protect abortion rights in the wake of a likely Roe v. Wade overturn, and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/ Matt Hansen, Legislative interim, Conference coverage

| May 19, 2022 | Utah

In this month's newsletter, read about interim health policy plans for Utah lawmakers, Matt Hansen's thoughts on the current state of homecare and hospice in the state, and additional coverage from the 2022 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform ...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Financing the Bridge Program, Fentanyl increases, Inflation & Medicare

| May 12, 2022 | Oregon

In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we take a look at fentanyl use in Oregon, updates on federal health policy that could impact the state, and coverage of the latest Bridge Health Care Program Task Force meeting. Thanks for reading! Emily Boerger State of Reform   1. Bridge...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Roe v. Wade, Rural hospitals, Surprise billing

| May 12, 2022 | Texas

Late last month, CMS dropped its challenge of Texas's 1115 Medicaid waiver, ending a year-long dispute between the Biden administration and HHSC that held the future of Texas Medicaid in the balance. HHSC's original waiver, granted by the Trump administration in January of 2020, is now reinstated, securing the state's...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A w/U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, Health initiatives, Inflation & Medicare

| May 11, 2022 | Washington

In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we take a look at health-related initiatives filed with the Secretary of State's office, new updates on federal health policy that could impact Washington State, and $47 million in grant funding that aims to increase behavioral health service capacity. Thanks for reading!...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Health billing legislation, Q&A w/ Morgan Medlock, Support for older Coloradans

| May 10, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Legislature is set to adjourn on Wednesday after a busy session largely focused on the development of the Behavioral Health Administration, health care support for older Coloradans, and health care billing and payment reform. See our coverage of some of this legislation, as well as an insightful conversation with...[ Read More ]

5 Things Florida: Health care workforce, Care for elders, Community partnerships

| May 6, 2022 | Florida

We are now less than two weeks out from the 2022 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference! We’re thrilled to be able to bring you 2 keynotes, 15 breakout sessions, and close to 60 curated speakers who will talk through some of the most pressing issues facing Florida's health care system. In...[ Read More ]