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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: Q&A w/ Rep. Candice Pierucci, Interim committee meeting, Medicaid vaccination rates

| Sep 23, 2021 | Utah

We had a bit of news yesterday. State of Reform has joined the HMA family of companies. That family includes the Leavitt Partners, which is a national institution among health consultancies based in SLC. So, this alignment deepens our roots in Utah and connects Leavitt and State of Reform at the hip....[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health policy preview, Keynote video w/ Dr. Anne Zink, Adult ICU closures

| Sep 23, 2021 | Alaska

You may have seen my note yesterday about our news that State of Reform is now part of the HMA family of companies. It's a smart, mission-driven group of folks at work to improve the health care systems for the communities they serve. So, there is strong cultural alignment with us,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Q&A w/ Jennifer Faison, State public option, Health equity

| Sep 22, 2021 | Virginia

Fall is here. That means football, a little more rain, and elections. Polling in the governor's race appears to show a steady lead of 3 to 4 points for McAullife. Youngkin will need to pull some more votes from the Southern Coastal region where he leads with 55%, according to...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Keynote w/ AG Bonta, CalAIM's power acronyms, Legislators talk health policy

| Sep 21, 2021 | California

We are very excited to be hosting our 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference this Thursday. It's a great group of just over 300 attendees who will be using our unique virtual conference platform to engage with one another, and wrestle with some of the biggest challenges in California...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Update from HHSC, The future of Texas Medicaid, Plan-provider relationships

| Sep 16, 2021 | Texas

We are looking forward to seeing many of you next week at our 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference! Our audience of about 250 folks from across the spectrum of Texas health care will again be virtual this year. So, while you can't join us at the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: HCPF report, Topical Agenda, Veteran health coverage

| Sep 16, 2021 | Colorado

Next week, we will release our list of about 60 speakers curated for you at our upcoming 2021 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It's a very smart group of folks at work to improve the health care system for folks in Colorado. We'll be virtual this year again. I...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A w/ Rep. Joe Schmick, HCA budget request, WA Cares Fund

| Sep 16, 2021 | Washington

Want to hear something crazy? We now have 7 full time reporters covering health policy, not counting me. We cover health policy in 15 states, making us one of the most comprehensive outlets for news and information on state-level health policy in the country. And, if you know us and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Q&A w/ Becky Hultberg, Detailed Agenda, BH workforce

| Sep 15, 2021 | Oregon

Next month, we'll host the 10th annual State of Reform event. It's a little crazy to me to think about all of the work in those intervening 10 years. In those early days, Bruce Goldberg was very kind. Amy Fauver showed up for a keynote at the last minute in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Capitol insiders, K-12 COVID outbreaks, Barriers to care

| Sep 10, 2021 | Michigan

Over the last few months, Patrick Jones has been doing great work leading our reporting of health reform and health policy in Michigan. He is part of a seven-member news room at State of Reform, led by our managing editor, Emily Boerger. It's a strong team I'm very honored to...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Final bill movement, Telehealth and the safety net, Sutter settlement

| Sep 10, 2021 | California

Eli Kirshbaum has been doing great work leading our reporting of California health care and health policy. He is part of a seven-member newsroom led by Emily Boerger, our managing editor. It's a strong team I'm very honored to be a part of. Next week's election may not amount to...[ Read More ]