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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 care budget, ACEs bill, 2019 Health Scorecard

| Jun 13, 2019 | Alaska

These are the big, beautiful days of summer - where I hope you're getting outdoors rather than thinking about health policy!  And, if so, don't fret...  We've got you covered with a few things worth tracking in Alaska health care for June, 2019.   With help from Emily Boerger  ...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Medicaid redesign, Beacon protests BH-ASO award, Amy L. Mackin

| May 14, 2019 | Alaska

The tourists are in town and Alaska has arrived on the cusp of summer! That means things will slow down through much of the economy. But, it's also sometimes the time when things might move in health care, when the pressure is a little lower and folks can be more...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Operating budget, Medicare Trustees Report, Commissioner Adam Crum

| Apr 22, 2019 | Alaska

Our Convening Panel meeting is coming up in May for our 2019 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. That event is set for October 2, 2019, and will be back at the Dena'ina. So, if you have topics that you'd like to suggest for consideration on this fall's agenda, let...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Fiscal crisis, "Prioritized list", Mental Health Plan

| Mar 22, 2019 | Alaska

With the budget dominating all policy conversations in Alaska this time of year, we spent a fair amount of time this month in the weeds on the topic. From this, I'm reminded of Val Kilmer's famous line from Tombstone: the current fiscal crisis is a reckoning for Alaska that has been...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: House Health Bills, Sen. David Wilson, Real Talk on Juneau Politics

| Feb 28, 2019 | Alaska

Like our friends in the House, we waited until the last minute to get you February's edition of 5 Things We're Watching in Alaska health care. We'll be back to our regular release of our monthly newsletter in the third week of the month come March, but until then, thanks...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Sen. Giessel, Dunleavy budget, ACA ruling

| Dec 19, 2018 | Alaska

This month, we complete our 7th year of bringing you this newsletter on Alaska health policy and health care.  To the 6,500 of you on our Alaska list, it's been an honor to have you read our stuff.  Thanks for helping us build a new model for health care journalism...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Adam Crum, health policy in 2019, election recap

| Nov 27, 2018 | Alaska

It is less than a week until the new administration takes office. So, this edition of 5 Things spends some time looking ahead to see where opportunity may lie for Alaska health policy in 2019.  As always, thanks for reading our stuff.   With help from Emily Boerger and Marjie...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska:  ASO RFP, Jay Butler, What you missed

| Oct 19, 2018 | Alaska

Normally, we limit this newsletter to 5 Things each month.  But, with a lot of moving parts in Alaska health care this month, we're throwing in a few more for you to scan, read, and review...  So, here are seven things for you in this month's edition of 5 Things...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska:  Managed care, defining "local," key health care legislators 

| Sep 18, 2018 | Alaska

This is the time of year when the things we are watching in Alaska health care and health policy take shape on the agenda we are preparing for you at our 2018 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  In other words, you'll find the most important topics in Alaska health...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Fundraising in primary, price transparency, Gubernatorial podcasts

| Aug 15, 2018 | Alaska

Last week, I took my kids up to the top of Mt. Baldy in Eagle River, and then up to Byron Glacier outside of Girdwood.  And, unlike our hiking trips last year, we didn't need the US Navy to come save us, so it was a success all around...!  With...[ Read More ]