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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: 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 ]

5 Things Colorado: Polis's budget, Lawmakers talk 2022 session, Leveraging purchasing power

| Nov 10, 2021 | Colorado

Last month's 2021 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference saw numerous forward-thinking and productive conversations around how to improve the state's health care system. A big thank you to all of our speakers and everyone who attended the event! Read about some of the event highlights below. Please don't hesitate to send me feedback or...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Legislators talk health policy, Update from HCPF, DEI in the workforce

| Oct 14, 2021 | Colorado

This week, our team has been busy gearing up to host next Wednesday's 2021 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Take a look at our finalized Detailed Agenda for a glimpse at some of the conversations we have teed up. With thirteen legislators, six HCPF representatives, and over forty other panelists slotted to speak, this...[ Read More ]

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 ]