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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: Budget news, K-shaped recovery, Environmental health disparities

| Mar 24, 2021 | Washington

Consider signing up for our 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference coming up on April 7-8th. We have a tremendous lineup of some of the smartest, most thoughtful people in US federal and state health care. Also, you can join our next "Virtual Conversation" coming up this Thursday where...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Policy cutoff, Bending the Rx cost curve, Capital gains tax

| Mar 9, 2021 | Washington

Thursday, we release our Detailed Agenda for our first national-level conference, the 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. You'll see names from inside the beltway, as well as some of the most prominent thought leaders from states across the country. We've teed up some of the best stories...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A w/Rep. Bateman, ACA subsidy expansion, Overdose deaths accelerate

| Feb 25, 2021 | Washington

Our new 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference is coming together well. We will release the full list of over 100 speakers in two weeks time ahead of our April 7-8th event. You'll see some names you recognize from the Northwest congressional delegation there - as well as some...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: "Chronic COVID," Rx costs, Payment parity

| Feb 9, 2021 | Washington

We are now covering state health policy in 15 states, providing more independent coverage of state and market-level health care coverage than any outlet in the country, so far as we can tell. It's a long way from our first story on Washington State health care back in 2011! If...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Health policy update, WA Keynotes, Executives on the move

| Jan 26, 2021 | Washington

One-third of all small businesses say they could not afford to pay January's rent. We have had 44 weeks in a row where unemployment claims were higher than the worst week during the Great Recession. In the latest US Census Pulse survey results, 10.1% of 4.9m respondents in Washington State received mental health therapy in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A w/Sen. Karen Keiser, "Covered lives assessment," Vaccine rollout

| Jan 12, 2021 | Washington

The legislative session is underway. While members had to manage a few in-person votes yesterday to set the rules for the session, the rest of the 105-day session is expected to be virtual. I am curious about how much pent up anxiety will get a voice in the session. As...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Total cost of care, Federal health policy, Pandemic innovations

| Dec 21, 2020 | Washington

Our 2021 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference is shaping up to be as good as ever, with sessions, keynotes, and networking opportunities for attendees that will be unique for our COVID age. We announce some unique networking opportunities for attendees next week. Registration rates go up later this week....[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Universal care workgroup, Detailed Agenda, Staffing shortages

| Dec 8, 2020 | Washington

Last month, we launched our new Atlantic edition, covering Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Florida. We are also planning our new 2021 State of Reform Federal Policy Conference coming up in April. It's a huge step for us -- one not without significant risks, as you might guess. In 2021,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Umair Shah, Re-Wire conference, Committee Days

| Nov 25, 2020 | Washington

As you may have heard me say at State of Reform, it wasn't entirely clear that we would still be here in November when the COVID crash happened. Event-based revenue organizations like ours have collapsed across the country. But, thanks to folks like you, we're still here. We're still trying...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Election results, Topical Agenda, Agency review teams

| Nov 12, 2020 | Washington

Gov. Inslee is to provide an "address" this evening at 5:30. He will not take questions. This comes following an "urgent" media background meeting earlier this week with state officials. At 202 cases per 100k over 14 days, the current rate of COVID spread is almost 3x what it was back...[ Read More ]