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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 Colorado: HCPF report, Topical Agenda, Veteran health coverage

| Sep 16, 2021 | Colorado

Next week, we will release our list of about 60 speakers curated for you at our upcoming 2021 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It's a very smart group of folks at work to improve the health care system for folks in Colorado. We'll be virtual this year again. I...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Q&A w/Sen. Jim Smallwood, Early Bird rates ending, New regional HIE

| Aug 12, 2021 | Colorado

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 are...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Early Bird Registration, Behavioral Health Administration, Q&A w/ Amanda Massey

| Jul 15, 2021 | Colorado

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be bringing you this edition 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 Colorado and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Last minute bill movement, Q&A w/Patrick Gordon, Biden budget proposal

| Jun 9, 2021 | Colorado

This may be the calm before the storm. Thursday is the last published day on the US Supreme Court calendar to release opinions from its current term (though they have a few more weeks for orders). It's a term that saw a meaningful challenge to the ACA last November. It...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Rx affordability board, Q&A w/Vincent Atchity, Health in the budget

| May 12, 2021 | Colorado

Today is the 89th legislative day in what has been a unique legislative year. Sine die is scheduled for June 12th, but the budget is already passed and on its way to the governor's desk. So, policy makers are in this odd place where the legislature can still act, but...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Rep. Mary Young, Public option, A fourth wave

| Apr 14, 2021 | Colorado

Thanks very much for reading our stuff, and for supporting our work at State of Reform. This newsletter is free because of the engagement of sponsors and attendees at our annual policy conference. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this year we can convene in person. But, if we can't,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Public option pushback, Vaccine disparities, Health policy on the move

| Mar 9, 2021 | Colorado

The goal of this newsletter is to provide our readers with a unique market and policy briefing of some of the most important topics in Colorado health care and health policy. If you find one of two items in this free newsletter helpful, we would appreciate you sharing this with...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: "Chronic COVID," New public option bill, Drug importation

| Feb 10, 2021 | Colorado

Want to hear something a little crazy? We are now covering state health policy in 15 states, providing more independent coverage of state and market-level health reform than any outlet in the country, so far as we can tell. So, if you'd like to see a run down of all...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Q&A w/Sen. Rhonda Fields, Bennet & Hickenlooper, SUD coverage

| Jan 14, 2021 | Colorado

If you understand the unique character of our republican democracy, you can find calm in this anxious time. In six days, Joe Biden will be inaugurated President of the United States. He may not have been your candidate. That disappointment is a luxury of being in a democracy. The orderly...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: 2021 session, Kim Bimestefer, Rural health care

| Dec 10, 2020 | Colorado

This is indeed a "dark winter," as was predicted. But, I'm hopeful that we are perhaps at our nadir. We are 11 days away from the days getting longer. We are four days away from the likely first vaccines to distributed in the US. And, of course we are zero days...[ Read More ]