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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 Alaska: Health legislation, State budget, DHSS split

| Jan 20, 2021 | Alaska

We are now on the other side of the 45th peaceful transfer of power since our Constitution was ratified in 1789. It is one of the most uncommon things in the great swath of human history, having hardly been done without swords or battles of some sort. Here, in America,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Budget proposal, Health policy in the Biden era, APCD

| Dec 16, 2020 | Alaska

We only have five more days until it starts getting lighter each day. We only have five more days before it starts getting lighter each day. We only have five more days before it starts getting lighter each day... The vaccines are almost here. Stay safe and healthy this holiday...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: State budget, Biden transition players, Election results

| Nov 20, 2020 | Alaska

I have good news for you: there are only 43 days left in 2020. The bad news is that 322 days ago, I was convinced that 2020 couldn't be worse than 2019. The lesson is to take a breath. Turn off cable TV and stay off Twitter. Be present. Maybe...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health policy review, Pfizer vaccine, 10-year economic report

| Oct 22, 2020 | Alaska

What an election season it has been in Alaska... We're going to leave most of that aside, even though we think it's the most important topic to watch in Alaska health care for this month, and focus on some key takeaways we heard at our recent conference. We also try...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Economic impacts of COVID, Jim Capretta, Medicaid access

| Sep 15, 2020 | Alaska

We are very excited to host our 2020 Alaska State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference in two weeks! While this is our first virtual conference we've held in Alaska, it's actually our 10th year hosting State of Reform in the state! I wasn't sure we were going to make it...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Primaries to watch, Topical Agenda, State health improvement plan

| Aug 18, 2020 | Alaska

Sometimes, it makes sense to pause and take in all of the stress around us. School is starting back up. Over a billion dollars is getting spent to tell Americans why we should vote against this person or that issue. The pandemic continues with no end in sight. The economy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Medicaid enrollment, Early Bird registration, Bill Pearch

| Jul 22, 2020 | Alaska

The whole of our operation at State of Reform is built on our conferences. Revenue from that single annual event allows us to do everything that we do, from covering Alaska health care to elevating the voices of Alaska's health policy leaders. Registration for the event is now open for...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A with Jared Kosin, Levels of depression, Steve Williams

| Jun 11, 2020 | Alaska

I want to feature a virtual conversation we're hosting on race and health care, which you'll see in item 2 below. Now is a time to be reflective about our biases, the benefits or detriments of our skin color, and how we can foster conversations that will have a measurable...[ 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 Alaska: Reopening the economy, Special session, Randi Anderson

| Apr 22, 2020 | Alaska

Alaska, you're doing a good job controlling the spread of this disease. Keep it up! It's not clear yet whether we will host our 2020 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. We've moved our date back into late October. But, we won't begin planning for that until we think...[ Read More ]