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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 Arizona: Medical Debt proposition, Pima County vax incentive work, Addressing fentanyl deaths

| Sep 29, 2022 | Arizona

This month's newsletter includes a look at Arizona's ballot initiative that aims to lower medical debt, a successful COVID vaccination incentive effort conducted by Pima County, and recommendations from AzPHA's Will Humble about how to combat rising rates of fentanyl-related deaths in the state. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Policy priorities in the 2023 legislative session, Q&A w/ WSHA's Gena Ahlawat, Behavioral health access

| Sep 28, 2022 | Washington

In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching" we feature details on health policy priorities for the 2023 legislative session, a Q&A with WSHA's Gena Ahlawat on hospital workforce initiatives, and a video interview with Rhonda Hauff, CEO of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. Emily Boerger State of Reform   1. Health...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Legislators shaping health policy, Keynote w/ Ella Goss, Workforce crisis

| Sep 22, 2022 | Alaska

We are now just two weeks out from the 2022 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference! We're thrilled to be able to bring you 3 keynotes, 16 breakout sessions, and close to 60 curated speakers who will talk through some of the most pressing issues facing Alaska's health care system. In this...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/ Jaime Wissler, Children's mental health, Youth Medicaid coverage

| Sep 22, 2022 | Utah

This month's newsletter features a Q&A with Jaime Wissler, the newly appointed Executive Director of the One Utah Health Collaborative, insight from academic and health professional Krisi Kleinschmit, MD, on the state of youth mental health in Utah, and new data revealing Utah's low insured rate for Medicaid-eligible children. Thanks...[ Read More ]

5 Things Maryland: Department of Health RFPs, Q&A w/ Joe DeMattos, Hospital price transparency

| Sep 22, 2022 | Maryland

In this month's newsletter we feature two new RFPs out of the Maryland Department of Health, a video interview with HFAM CEO & President Joe DeMattos, and a conversation on efforts to improve the implementation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers in the state. Thank you for reading! Emily Boerger...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Children & Youth Behavioral Health Initiative, Medi-Cal on the ground, Moving from awareness to action on health equity

| Sep 20, 2022 | California

The 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference is this Thursday, Sept. 22nd! We're so excited to see folks at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport this week. Peruse the list of panels and speakers scheduled for the day, and if you haven't already, there's still time to register to be with us. We...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Canadian Rx importation, BH workforce plan, Topical Agenda

| Sep 15, 2022 | Colorado

This month's edition includes an update on HCPF's nation-leading initiative to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, the release of the Topical Agenda for our Colorado event in November (which you can register for here!), the BHA's plan to strengthen the state's behavioral health workforce, and more. Thanks for reading! Eli...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Gun violence & public health, Strengthening APM uptake, Tackling SUD in Texas

| Sep 15, 2022 | Texas

This month's edition features a breakdown of just some of the exciting panels you can look forward to attending at the 2022 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference, coming up in less than 2 weeks in Dallas! In addition to these panel conversations, we'll feature keynotes from State Medicaid Director Stephanie...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Keynote videos, Health care cost growth, Q&A w/ Jess Molberg

| Sep 15, 2022 | Washington

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference last week! It was an exciting day filled with insightful presentations and engaging conversations. In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we feature keynote videos from the conference, coverage...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Mobile crisis services, Topical Agenda, Q&A w/ Dr. Melinda Davis

| Sep 15, 2022 | Oregon

In this month's newsletter we feature a conversation on rural health care with ORPRN's Dr. Melinda Davis, a video on federal health policy from HHS Regional Director (Region 10) Ingrid Ulrey, and details on Oregon's recently-approved Medicaid mobile crisis services program. We also have a couple of updates on our...[ Read More ]