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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 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 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 Washington: Supplemental budgets, Presidential Primary, Lindsay Harris

| Feb 26, 2020 | Washington

I'm hitting send from 30,000 feet, flying to a conference in Florida. It's a wonder of our modern economy that one can work remotely from the air while writing to a list of over 25,000 readers. That isn't stopping the folks next to me about complaining about the seating, or...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Leanne Berge, Prior authorization, Rep. Eileen Cody

| Feb 11, 2020 | Washington

We are in day 30 of the 60 day legislative session. The few notable health bills that are moving this session actually highlight something more interesting: just how big a health care session 2019 was. So, for a host of reasons, this feels like the lull before the next big...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Health policy update, Coronavirus, Sen. Manka Dhingra

| Jan 29, 2020 | Washington

We're in week three of the legislative session. While it's an active one on health policy, it sort of makes the activity of the 2019 session appear all the more herculean. AWHP Exec Director Chris Bandoli said at our recent conference that these short sessions are often the place where...[ Read More ]

Medicaid-managed care kicks off session for Health Committee

Madeline Shannon | Jan 14, 2020 | Washington

The Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee started off the 2020 legislative session Monday with two presentations about managed care plans through Medicaid both nationally and in the state of Washington, starting with a presentation from Manatt Health Strategies Senior Managing Director Patricia Boozang. Boozang, who provided a historical overview...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Olympia Insiders, Lessons from other states, Cost of care

| Dec 23, 2019 | Washington

Last night, our kids and about 10-12 other kids on our street went caroling around the neighborhood. It was dark, and chilly, of course. But, in an hour, we met a 102-woman none of us had met before. The kids hugged the recent widower on the corner. And, we introduced...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Detailed Agenda, Chris Bandoli, Health Care Climate Alliance

| Dec 12, 2019 | Washington

We are now four weeks out from our 2020 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  It's our 10th anniversary (crazy, right?) and we've got our Detailed Agenda now out with over 100 speakers curated for you on January 9th. We have also posted the speakers for our Pre-Conference Sessions for folks that want...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green, BH workforce, Jiquanda Nelson

| Nov 26, 2019 | Washington

We are about ten weeks away from our 2020 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference. This next year's event will be our 10th, a big anniversary for an event we weren't sure would have a second iteration, much less a 10th. Ten years ago, I asked folks like Aaron Katz,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Inslee's "why" problem, Group Health Foundation in politics, Jacquie Owens

| Nov 14, 2019 | Washington

We are now 8 weeks out from our 2020 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference...  Momentum is really building, I'm happy to say. And, I think you'll see from the Topical Agenda, and ultimately our speakers, that our Convening Panel is looking to offer even more cutting edge sessions than usual. In...[ Read More ]