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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: 2019 session wrap-up, Wellfound BH Hospital, Sarah Arnquist

| May 17, 2019 | Washington

The session's over but the dust has yet to settle. It was a big session for health care.  We feature some elements of the session below, including some contextual analysis about what some of it means.  But, it's notable that each of the four caucuses had stand out efforts by...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Medicaid budget cuts, Sen. Maureen Walsh, Shawn West

| Apr 23, 2019 | Washington

This edition of 5 Things spends a lot of time covering the final points of disagreement in the legislative session. It points to a great deal of independent, original reporting done primarily by two rock star reporters at State of Reform.  Emily Boerger and Sara Gentzler do great work for...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A with Sen. David Frockt, Behavioral health funding, Mary McWilliams

| Apr 10, 2019 | Washington

The session is moving into its final stages, with a good possibility that the legislature could conclude early by a day or two. Both chambers and both parties are working relatively smoothly together (we'll overlook this week's failed vote on bonds for the capital budget), to their credit. In this...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: House budget, Meg Jones, price variation

| Mar 27, 2019 | Washington

It's the 72nd day of the legislative session.  The House budget is out this week, which includes $1.5m for administering a public option program that caught a number of stakeholders by surprise this year. The Washington Health Alliance is out with interesting new reports that show the scope of price...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A with Sen. O'Ban, Legislative Update, Beth Johnson

| Mar 12, 2019 | Washington

It's day 58 of the 2019 Washington State legislature - one that will go down as a big session for health care in a way that few people may have fully appreciated at the start of the new year. It's certainly one of the things we're watching this month in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Consequential Health Legislation, Rep. June Robinson, Aetna Hiring

| Feb 26, 2019 | Washington

If you aren't paying really close attention, there is a lot of movement in Washington State health care these days. The session has a number of consequential bills. There are some interesting and strategic hires taking place across multiple organizations. And, it feels like the political pressure underlying some of...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Fair Share Health Care, Medicaid Eligibility, Keith Monosky

| Feb 13, 2019 | Washington

We have a host of topics drawn from the legislative session teed up for you in this edition of 5 Things.  Sara Gentzler on our team is based full time in Olympia, while Emily Boerger, Marjie High and myself are in Seattle.  So, this newsletter has become very much a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Long Term Care Trust Act, VBP, What You Missed

| Jan 24, 2019 | Washington

The legislative session is now underway. So, among our 5 Things in this issue, we feature one of the most consequential bills you may not have heard about: Rep. Jinkins' legislation to create a long term care benefit for all Washingtonians. It's a national trend setter, with states like California watching the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Public option, Six predictions, Mohit Ghose

| Jan 11, 2019 | Washington

We kickoff our 2019 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference this afternoon with our Pre-Conference Sessions.  Two of the three sessions are sold out with 96 total attendees.  It looks like we'll have over 150 at our Networking Reception later today at 4:30.  Tomorrow, for the main event, we have 796...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Bob Ferguson, social determinants, the patient perspective

| Dec 27, 2018 | Washington

We are now two weeks out from our 2019 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference at the Westin in Downtown Seattle.  We already have over 600 registrants set to be with us, along with about 110 speakers.  Our 'deep dive' Pre-Conference Sessions still have a couple of spots left if you'd like to...[ Read More ]