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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: May Revise, Abortion protections, Statewide HIE preparedness

| May 19, 2022 | California

We've got some important updates in this week's newsletter, including several on-the-move bills and an overview of health funding in Gov. Newsom's May Revise budget proposal. We also have coverage of the steps California is taking to protect abortion rights in the wake of a likely Roe v. Wade overturn, and...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Q&A w/ Sen. Eggman, Kaiser contract bill, Primary care investment

| May 5, 2022 | California

Happy Thursday! In today's newsletter, we bring you a Q&A with Democratic Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman that you won't want to miss, an overview of two contentious bills moving through the California Legislature, and data that associates higher investment in primary care with positive quality and cost outcomes. Thanks for reading!...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Keynote videos, Health care affordability panel, Health bills

| Apr 12, 2022 | California

We enjoyed seeing so many of you at last month's 2022 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference. With this being our first non-virtual conference in Sacramento since 2019, it was wonderful to have an opportunity to host these important conversations on health policy in person. View our "What You Missed"...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: New CalAIM populations, Care collaboration, Maternal health disparities

| Mar 17, 2022 | California

We are less than a week out from our 2022 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference! The conference will feature 16 breakout sessions, 3 keynotes, and over 60 curated speakers who will discuss some of the most pressing and impactful issues facing California's health care system. This edition of "5 Things We're...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Vaccine policy, Undocumented coverage gap, Maternal health disparities

| Mar 2, 2022 | California

Happy March! This newsletter includes an update on health legislation we're monitoring, the Legislative Analyst's Office's input on Gov. Newsom's budget proposals, and Blue Shield's efforts to reduce maternal and infant health disparities. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform         1. Policy movement in the legislature...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Q&A w/ Sen. Wiener, Health bills, BH report

| Feb 17, 2022 | California

There's a lot happening in the California health policy space right now—reprocurement, the news of the state granting Kaiser a no-bid Medi-Cal contract, waning public health mandates—all while the legislative session continues. This week's newsletter features a conversation with Sen. Wiener on his policy priorities, a look at some of the...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: CHCF report, Health data, Medi-Cal food benefit

| Feb 3, 2022 | California

Health plans are currently gearing up for Medi-Cal managed care reprocurement, which is now slated to open Feb. 9 after DHCS pushed the date back a week. You can view the RFP schedule here. Keep reading for highlights from CHCF's recent statewide health policy survey, an op-ed from Manifest Medex's Mimi...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Newsom's budget, Health committee meetings, DHCS BH assessment

| Jan 20, 2022 | California

We recently hosted the Convening Panel meeting for our upcoming 2022 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Using the valuable input of our stakeholders, the State of Reform team is currently building a Topical Agenda for the event on March 23rd. So, keep your eyes out for a breakdown of the...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Q&A w/ Asm. Nazarian, Medi-Cal Rx, NorCal registration

| Jan 6, 2022 | California

CMS approved California's 1115 waiver late last month, officially allowing the state to pursue its CalAIM program to reform Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal Rx is one of the initiatives that went live on Jan. 1, and below we feature input from several pharmacists in the state about their experience so far using the new fee-for-service...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Asm. Waldron's health priorities, Aetna & Community Supports, HCBS data gaps

| Dec 28, 2021 | California

This is the last California "5 Things" newsletter of 2021. What a year it has been—everyone inside and outside of the health policy space faced numerous challenges this year as the pandemic continued to disrupt "normal" life. From our team to you, thank you for all of the work you...[ Read More ]