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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.

Hawaii Health Department issues behavioral health report

Madeline Shannon | Jan 23, 2020 | Hawaii

The state’s Department of Health (DOH) delivered a report to the Hawaii State Legislature in December targeting areas the state could improve in providing health care those suffering from homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse disorders.  Ensuring equal access to care, standardizing and centralizing services to these groups and placing...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Speaker Wilson, Utah bans conversion therapy, Dan Richards

| Jan 23, 2020 | Utah

We are building towards our annual event, the 2020 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, which is now about 10 weeks away!  It'll be here quickly. But there is a legislative session to get through first. So, we hear from Rep. Brad Wilson and track a few other policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Reactions to the budget, DHCS director, Kimberly Gallo

| Jan 23, 2020 | California

We are covering the budget, the courts, and agency issues in this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. If you've been reading us for a while, you'll know these are meant to be five short reads on things we think are important for senior health care executives and health policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A with Rep. Matt Claman, Challenges of cutting Medicaid, Rep. Sharon Jackson

| Jan 23, 2020 | Alaska

If you've been reading our newsletter for some time, then you know we try to offer five things we think are worth keeping an eye on each month for the senior health care executives and health policy leaders that read our stuff.  Our 'things' may not all be perfect for...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Sen. David Frockt, Nichole Maher, Bills to watch

| Jan 15, 2020 | Washington

Last week's conference in Seattle was a big one, and candidly, such an honor to host. Thank you for letting us play this unique role in Washington State health care.  If you weren't one of the almost 900 folks in the room last week, take a look at what you...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Dawn Jagger, Health Share CEO, Republicans and federal health policy

| Jan 15, 2020 | Oregon

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of State of Reform. I'm not sure how long we thought State of Reform would last when we launched, but I'm tremendously grateful that you have supported us over the years. We are honored that you let us play this unique role in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Population Health, US Rep. Michael Burgess, Total cost of care

| Jan 15, 2020 | Texas

We are excited to see between 300-400 of you at our upcoming 2020 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference next month! It is shaping up to be a tremendous event, with both state and federal leaders joining us from across the spectrum of health policy. So, for this month's...[ Read More ]

5 things Colorado: Mara Baer, Health care legislation, Joshua Ewing

| Jan 14, 2020 | Colorado

With a new year and a new legislative session underway, we look to a few smart policy observers to make sense of some of it in this edition of 5 Things. We're also digging into some of the pre-filed legislation and tracking some of the early budget hearings in this year's...[ Read More ]

Medicaid-managed care kicks off session for Health Committee

Madeline Shannon | Jan 14, 2020 | Washington

The Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee started off the 2020 legislative session Monday with two presentations about managed care plans through Medicaid both nationally and in the state of Washington, starting with a presentation from Manatt Health Strategies Senior Managing Director Patricia Boozang. Boozang, who provided a historical overview...[ Read More ]

Correction: MFAR public comment period has been extended to Feb 1st

| Jan 7, 2020 | California

The latest State of Reform 5 Things California newsletter sent out today contained an error in the section called,  The MFAR rule that no one commented on.  The section stated that it was not clear whether CMS would grant an extension of the comment period. In what was not the...[ Read More ]