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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 California: COVID-19 update, 1135 waiver, Chet Uma

| Mar 19, 2020 | California

America now has 11,234 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 85% of which came in the last seven days. Organizations like JP Morgan predict a 2% economic contraction in Q1 and a 3% contraction in Q2, miring us already in a recession. These are precarious times. So, do your best to add a little love and empathy...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Coronavirus, Medi-Cal procurement, Maria Lemus

| Mar 4, 2020 | California

California just announced it's first death from the coronavirus as we finalized this newsletter. It took place in Placer County. Taken together, our national and community-level response to this is a failure of the first order. California is still working to get test kits deployed following the debacle at the CDC related...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: State of the State, Convening Panel, Beth Andersen

| Feb 19, 2020 | California

Early voting is underway for the March 3rd presidential primary, where the haul of delegates from California (495) will swamp the early delegate counts from Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina (155). My money is on a brokered convention, where no candidate enters the DNC with a majority of delegates....[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Brad Gilbert, Bills we're watching, Chris Daher

| Feb 6, 2020 | California

Our Convening Panel will be meeting this month ahead of our 2020 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on May 12th. So, now is a good time to send us any ideas you have for topics for this year's event. We'll get those in the mix for our...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Reactions to the budget, DHCS director, Kimberly Gallo

| Jan 23, 2020 | California

We are covering the budget, the courts, and agency issues in this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. If you've been reading us for a while, you'll know these are meant to be five short reads on things we think are important for senior health care executives and health policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Newsom's budget, MFAR rule, Tayler Trotter

| Jan 7, 2020 | California

With a new year comes a new legislative session! Legislators are reconvening in Sacramento this week for what could be an ambitious year, catalyzed by the national political climate and some pent up enthusiasm for bigger reforms in health care. We are tracking some early signals to see how the...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Asm. Marie Waldron, Covered California, Kellie Todd Griffin

| Dec 18, 2019 | California

In this time of gratitude, I want to share my thanks to our team at State of Reform. They are smart, hard working, and brave - and an honor to work with. Emily Boerger is often my right and left hand in writing 5 Things, and completely invaluable. So, thank...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Sen. Richard Pan, Samoa, CalAIM

| Dec 5, 2019 | California

If you weren't able to make our 2019 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference this week, you can see "What You Missed."  There was tremendous energy and optimism in the hallways and sessions. Sen. Richard Pan was very strong, as was Asm. Marie Waldron. So, some of our content...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: County-led initiatives, 2020 legislative session, Social determinants

| Nov 19, 2019 | California

We are now two weeks away from our San Diego event, the 2019 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It's the third of three events we host each year in California. And, since much of what we're watching in California health care is going to be on the stage...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: CalAIM, David Wetherelt, Augmedix

| Nov 5, 2019 | California

Thursday, we release our list of speakers curated and ready for you to engage with at the 2019 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up in San Diego on December 3rd. It's a quick 4 weeks away, which will be here before you know it. We'd be honored to have...[ Read More ]