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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: Political leadership, COVID & Navajo Nation, Chloroquine

| Mar 27, 2020 | Arizona

As you know, we have postponed our 2020 Arizona State of Reform Health Policy Conference until this fall. It's hard to know when our collective "social distancing" will end. The NY Times has a good model that allows you to toggle various options. At least one model, as of March 23rd, shows Arizona...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: COVID-19, Retirements in the Legislature, Sue Birch

| Mar 25, 2020 | Washington

We are in the opening days of a long period of staying at home, likely months rather than weeks. Take this more seriously than you think you need to. There is no upside to do otherwise at this point. Washington's confirmed cases are still doubling about every 7 days, rather...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Brian Zehnder MD, COVID update, Health bills

| Mar 20, 2020 | Utah

It feels something like the eye of the hurricane. Utah just went through the front part with the earthquake yesterday. Scary and real, but luckily no lives lost. Now, there is erie quiet ahead of the next part of the storm which looms, metaphorically, offshore. "Don't panic" may be the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: COVID-19 update, Telehealth bill, Dispatch from WA

| Mar 19, 2020 | Alaska

America now has 11,329 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 85% of which came in the last seven days. Organizations like JP Morgan predict a 2% economic contraction nationally in Q1 and a 3% contraction in Q2, miring us already in a recession. Oil is down to $20 for the first time since 2002. These are precarious times....[ Read More ]

5 Things California: COVID-19 update, 1135 waiver, Chet Uma

| Mar 19, 2020 | California

America now has 11,234 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 85% of which came in the last seven days. Organizations like JP Morgan predict a 2% economic contraction in Q1 and a 3% contraction in Q2, miring us already in a recession. These are precarious times. So, do your best to add a little love and empathy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Public option, Coronavirus, Andrew Romanoff

| Mar 18, 2020 | Colorado

Among the most important things I can share with you is the importance of not going out during this once-in-a-hundred-years moment of COVID-19. It's math. "Early in outbreak, each COVID-19 case infects ~2.5 others on average. There's ~5 days between one infection and next, so we'd expect one case to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: COVID-19, Sen. James Manning, Health impacts of climate change

| Mar 16, 2020 | Oregon

From our coverage below, you'll see Portland is about two weeks behind Seattle. And, as Seattle tracks Italy, by about 2 weeks, that means Oregon is about four weeks behind what could be a new epicenter in the disease spread. I know closing restaurants and staying home can be agitating,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: FAR and Abbott, COVID-19, Arielle Kane

| Mar 11, 2020 | Texas

The best resource I've found on COVID-19 is this one. It's a useful read, even if you've read a lot already. At State of Reform, we are tracking the disease across nine states as best we can, which you can see here and here. For a sense of what life...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Coronavirus, Presidential Primary, Cascade Care RFA

| Mar 10, 2020 | Washington

It's one thing to know that 2/3rds of the economic damage of a pandemic like COVID-19 is a consequence of fear, with only 1/3rd from the virus itself. It's another thing to not get scared and buy into the hype. For example, the generally slow-to-radicalize American Hospital Association said Friday...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Coronavirus, Gun legislation, Cheryl Vasconcellos

| Mar 9, 2020 | Hawaii

With the mainland starting to become gripped with coronavirus fear, we find ourselves caught somewhere between glued to Twitter and floating among Dept. of Health sites across the country. Read this link to understand the math of the virus's growth, but read this to understand why math works differently in epidemiology. The first global pandemic...[ Read More ]