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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 Utah: Medicaid budget cuts, Greg Skordas, "5 Slides"

| May 21, 2020 | Utah

Next week, members of our Convening Panel will get together on a Zoom call. You may recall we postponed our April 2nd event, the 2020 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, just as COVID was breaking. As things begin to re-open, my inclination is to not re-convene our event...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: 5 Slides, Economic impacts of COVID, Dr. Jeanene Smith

| May 21, 2020 | Alaska

It's good news that Alaska's economy is re-opening. But, when will things actually return to normal? Cruises and tourism will likely miss a season. Oil prices remain low. Seafood processors won't be able to staff up (below). If you go out in a mask now, you're probably going to keep...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Q&A with Sen. Pat Bates, Telehealth legislation, Changes to Medi-Cal

| May 19, 2020 | California

We launch a new series tomorrow called "5 Slides We're Discussing" where some of the most thoughtful folks in health care bring a slide capturing some of the biggest challenges we face today. I discuss this more below, but we'd love to have you register at either of our first...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Public Option, Budget shortfall, Chris Howes

| May 14, 2020 | Colorado

This morning's "darkest winter" comment before Congress reflects what I've been seeing from confidential and private planning documents from state governments and corporations: there will be a second wave, and there will be a massive negative behavioral health impact in the fall as folks start to realize there is no...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Budget deficit, Special session series, Greg Van Pelt

| May 13, 2020 | Oregon

One of the ways we are responding to this COVID crisis is to create interactive virtual conversations that tee up some of the most important issues and challenges in health care today. Next week, we host our first multi-state panel discussion called "5 Slides We're Discussing," exploring how Medicaid plans in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: 5 Slides, Federal reinsurance program, Patty Hayes

| May 13, 2020 | Washington

One of the ways we are responding to this COVID crisis is to create interactive virtual conversations that tee up some of the most important issues and challenges in health care today. Next week, we host our first multi-state panel discussion called "5 Slides We're Discussing." You can read about...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Q&A w/Dr. Diana L. Fite, Contact tracing, John Henderson

| May 8, 2020 | Texas

This is hard. Staying at home is hard. Distance learning is hard. Watching businesses collapse is hard. Watching loved ones get sick is hard. None of this is easy. We are going through a collective trauma together. It'll reshape our society, our commerce and our politics. But, right now, when we're...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: May revise, Contact tracing, COVID in rural California

| May 7, 2020 | California

A new study reviews the four flu pandemics of the last 100 years. (I didn’t know we had four either.) The frustrating takeaway from the three most likely scenarios: “Based on the most recent flu pandemics, this outbreak will likely last 18 to 24 months… It likely won’t be halted until 60%...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/Beth Giesting, Special session series, Kealoha Fox

| May 6, 2020 | Hawaii

This is hard. Staying at home is hard. Distance learning is hard. Watching businesses collapse is hard. Watching loved ones get sick is hard. None of this is easy. We are going through a collective trauma together. It'll reshape our society, our commerce and our politics. But, right now, when...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, Antibody testing, Health policy in the special session

| Apr 30, 2020 | Arizona

This is hard. Staying at home is hard. Distance learning is hard. Watching businesses collapse is hard. Watching loved ones get sick is hard. None of this is easy. We are going through a collective trauma together. It'll reshape our society, our commerce and our politics. But, right now, when we're...[ Read More ]