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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: Canadian Rx importation, BH workforce plan, Topical Agenda

| Sep 15, 2022 | Colorado

This month's edition includes an update on HCPF's nation-leading initiative to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, the release of the Topical Agenda for our Colorado event in November (which you can register for here!), the BHA's plan to strengthen the state's behavioral health workforce, and more. Thanks for reading! Eli...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Medicare Rx reform, ED utilization, Cost of care increase

| Aug 11, 2022 | Colorado

This month's newsletter includes data on Medicaid beneficiaries' ED utilization, insight on how federal legislation to lower Medicare Part D prescription drug prices would benefit Coloradans, and more. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum  State of Reform   1. Report shows Coloradans would benefit from Medicare Rx cost reform A new report from the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Q&A w/ Robin Wittenstein, Colorado Option rate setting, Postpartum coverage expansion

| Jul 14, 2022 | Colorado

Registration is now open for the 2022 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference! We're beyond thrilled to be back in person in Denver this fall. The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. If you already know you'd like to join us, you...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: LGBTQ+ behavioral health, Legislators recap session, Inflation's impact on Colorado Option

| Jun 16, 2022 | Colorado

Happy Pride! Our June newsletter includes a valuable conversation with an LGBTQ+ advocacy leader who outlines ways to improve the community's at-risk behavioral health. We also feature important takeaways from the legislative session from key lawmakers, some recent conversations regarding inflation's impact on the Colorado Option, and more. Thanks for reading! Eli...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Health billing legislation, Q&A w/ Morgan Medlock, Support for older Coloradans

| May 10, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Legislature is set to adjourn on Wednesday after a busy session largely focused on the development of the Behavioral Health Administration, health care support for older Coloradans, and health care billing and payment reform. See our coverage of some of this legislation, as well as an insightful conversation with...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Health funding in the budget, 'Abortion tourism' in Colorado, BHA bill

| Apr 14, 2022 | Colorado

I'd like to introduce you all to Boram Kim, State of Reform's new reporter for Colorado! Boram has been doing some great coverage of the Colorado market over the past few weeks and we're thrilled to have him with us. Don't hesitate to reach out to him with story ideas, feedback,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Q&A w/ Lt. Gov. Primavera, Health legislation, Hospital transfer center

| Mar 10, 2022 | Colorado

This month's newsletter includes a conversation with one of Colorado's leading health policy voices, Lt. Gov. Primavera, about behavioral health, reducing health care costs, and taking a multi-siloed approach to health policy making. We also feature an update on key health legislation moving through the legislature, recent action regarding Colorado's...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Health bills, Nursing home funding, Naloxone access

| Feb 10, 2022 | Colorado

With the impacts of the omicron variant winding down, COVID cases in Colorado have steeply declined since their peak in mid-January. While hospitalizations have also decreased, residual workforce shortages continue to impact health facilities in the state. Read about some of the state's efforts to address these shortages below. This month's newsletter...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Behavioral health, InnovAge audit, Primary care recommendations

| Jan 13, 2022 | Colorado

Ahead of the new Behavioral Health Administration's go-live date in June 2022, Gov. Polis recently announced the appointment of Colorado's first-ever behavioral health commissioner, Dr. Morgan Medlock, who will oversee the agency. Expect behavioral health to be a central focus in the 2022 legislative session, which begins today. Rep. Mary Bradfield recently spoke with State of...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: 2022 health bills, BH interim committee, 1332 waiver

| Dec 14, 2021 | Colorado

With this being the last Colorado "5 Things" newsletter of 2021, we want to extend our best wishes to all of you and hope you have a wonderful holiday season surrounded by loved ones and good food! This month, we cover DOI's submission of the finalized 1332 waiver amendment—the most recent step in implementing...[ Read More ]