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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: 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 ]

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 Alaska: Bills we're watching, Budget update, Anna Brawley

| Feb 24, 2020 | Alaska

It was 10 years ago this fall that we hosted our first State of Reform event in Anchorage. It seems like a lifetime ago that we had keynotes from DHSS Commish Bill Streur and HHS Regional Director Susan Johnson. The kind of bi-partisan, policy agnostic convening that State of Reform...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A with Rep. Matt Claman, Challenges of cutting Medicaid, Rep. Sharon Jackson

| Jan 23, 2020 | Alaska

If you've been reading our newsletter for some time, then you know we try to offer five things we think are worth keeping an eye on each month for the senior health care executives and health policy leaders that read our stuff.  Our 'things' may not all be perfect for...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Rep. Geran Tarr, Health budget, Jonathan King

| Dec 18, 2019 | Alaska

Next year will be our tenth year hosting State of Reform in Alaska, and covering health policy with this newsletter.  I can't really believe we are still at it!  And the primary reason we are is because of you support. You come to our conference, you read our stuff, and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A with Rep. Josephson, Express Care, Gennifer Moreau

| Nov 21, 2019 | Alaska

The governor's budget will be out by December 15th, which will kick off the gnashing of teeth known as the legislative budget process. With a recall campaign likely getting dragged up to the Supreme Court, it may provide powerful context to this year's session. Whether it tones things down or...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: "Crisis Now," Sen. Lisa Murkowski, What you missed

| Oct 17, 2019 | Alaska

It seems like a lifetime ago that we hosted about 300 folks at the 2019 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference - but it was only back on October 2nd.  Perhaps that's a commentary on how fast things appear to be moving in our political space, particularly at the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Preston Simmons, Alaska Medicaid, Public safety

| Sep 19, 2019 | Alaska

We are now less than two weeks away from our 2019 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference - and it's getting here fast! We already have more registrations than at any point in the last decade, and most of our signups typically come in the last seven-to-ten days. So,...[ Read More ]