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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: Vetoed bills, So-Cal Topical Agenda, Q&A w/ Linnea Koopmans

| Oct 21, 2021 | California

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features stakeholder thoughts on Newsom's vetoes of well-supported bills, a conversation on CalAIM with Local Health Plans of California CEO Linnea Koopmans, and a look at how CalOptima is leveraging text messaging to get more Medi-Cal members vaccinated. Thanks for reading, and if you...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: CalAIM's future, Barger talks mental health, Community-centered care

| Oct 6, 2021 | California

We have a really smart group of thoughtful minds here at State of Reform. I'm honored to get a chance to work with and mentor some of these folks. Eli Kirshbaum is one of those, who has put together so much of today's newsletter. Emily Boerger is another one, who...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Keynote w/ AG Bonta, CalAIM's power acronyms, Legislators talk health policy

| Sep 21, 2021 | California

We are very excited to be hosting our 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference this Thursday. It's a great group of just over 300 attendees who will be using our unique virtual conference platform to engage with one another, and wrestle with some of the biggest challenges in California...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Final bill movement, Telehealth and the safety net, Sutter settlement

| Sep 10, 2021 | California

Eli Kirshbaum has been doing great work leading our reporting of California health care and health policy. He is part of a seven-member newsroom led by Emily Boerger, our managing editor. It's a strong team I'm very honored to be a part of. Next week's election may not amount to...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Comments on draft RFP, Detailed Agenda, State HIE timeline

| Aug 19, 2021 | California

The modeling for COVID suggests that California is going to do relatively well against the Delta variant compared to other states. The early mask mandate in LA probably helped. At 42%, California has the highest proportion of residents in any state saying they are "always wearing a mask when leaving home." California...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Q&A w/Jacey Cooper, Topical Agenda, Medi-Cal Rx

| Aug 4, 2021 | California

It's an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That's the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Asm. Arambula, Rx in legislature, CalAIM renewal

| Jul 22, 2021 | California

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features an update on DHCS's CalAIM renewal application, a conversation with Medi-Cal expansion advocate Asm. Arambula, and an intriguing report from Manifest MedEx revealing a significant drop in preventive care visits during the pandemic. Please feel free to email me with any tips or suggestions for...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Medi-Cal in the budget, Homelessness funding, Office of Health Care Affordability

| Jul 8, 2021 | California

While DJ is away on vacation, I'm delighted to bring you the newest edition of "5 Thing We're Watching" in California. My name is Eli and I'm a reporter at State of Reform, covering health policy in California, Colorado, and Texas. If you have any tips or suggestions for what you think I should...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Q&A w/John Baackes, Public health in the budget, HCBS spending plan

| Jun 15, 2021 | California

While DJ is away on vacation, I’ll be bringing you the next few editions of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in California and a number of other states. Feel free to...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Med-Cal draft RFP, Convening Panel, Pharmacy deserts

| Jun 3, 2021 | California

Every bright summer day seems like one more day we are closer to having the pandemic behind us. Yet, I'm getting this feeling that the post-COVID economy is going to be too fast and too furious for my liking. The WSJ says "The economic recovery is here. It's unlike anything you've...[ Read More ]