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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 Hawaii: Med-QUEST amendments, Early Bird Registration, Q&A w/ Heather Lusk

| Oct 7, 2021 | Hawaii

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will be in person at our 2022 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference this year. I think things are moving in the right direction and once kiddos can get vaccinated, I know a number of folks will be even more comfortable. Vaccinations...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/ Beth Giesting, Hospital capacity, Native Hawaiian health care

| Sep 8, 2021 | Hawaii

E komo mai and a big mahalo to our new reporter Nicole Pasia. She is covering Hawaii's health care sector, and as you'll see below, has gone directly to the source for some great interviews this month. Emily Boerger continues to be the backbone of our reporting team as managing...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Brian Baker, HCBS spending proposal, ICU capacity projections

| Aug 4, 2021 | Hawaii

We are at a tricky place in America right now vis-a-vis COVID. For the first time since January, more people are pessimistic about the future of the disease than are optimistic, according to new polling from Gallup. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are "somewhat" or "very worried" about contracting the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Maternal health, Healthy Hawai'i Strategic Plan, Workforce shortages

| Jul 7, 2021 | Hawaii

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 Hawaii and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Mental health solutions, Economic forecast, Broadband funding

| Jun 3, 2021 | Hawaii

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 ]

5 Things Hawaii: Legislative session in review, Health funding in the budget, Mental health solutions

| May 6, 2021 | Hawaii

Vaccines are likely to be approved for our 12-16 year olds next week. Pres. Biden has set the goal of 70% of Americans to be vaccinated with a first dose by July 4th. Israel saw something like herd immunity kick in around 55-60% vaccination rates, so we are close. Things...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Budget testimony, Medicaid RFP awards, Optimistic economic outlook

| Apr 5, 2021 | Hawaii

I know there are a lot of other important things going on in the world. But, tonight's game between Gonzaga and Baylor for the Men's NCAA College Basketball National Championship is on my list of things I will be watching tonight at 3:20 PM HST. If you missed the winning...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/Lance Segawa, Policy cutoff, People on the move

| Mar 3, 2021 | Hawaii

We are holding our first conference focused on federal policy and a multi-state "learning lab" featuring innovations from across the country. Hawaii's success will be one of our case studies to teach the nation. We purposely made our conference hours late in the day Washington DC time, so that we could...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: US Rep. Ed Case, Budget discussions, Health policy priorities

| Feb 2, 2021 | Hawaii

Our 2021 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference was an honor to host for the 300 or so folks who were able to join us for this virtual event. Now, we are planning our first ever conference focused on federal policy. Our 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Economic recovery, Vaccine rollout, 2021 session

| Jan 5, 2021 | Hawaii

We are looking forward to "seeing" so many of you next week at the 2021 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference! Of course, this year's event will be virtual. So, it will be different from years past. But it's always good to reconnect with our Hawaii ohana, in whatever form...[ Read More ]