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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 Michigan: COVID and hospitals, Q&A w/ Dave Schneider, 2022 health legislation

| Jan 6, 2022 | Michigan

I hope you had a wonderful holiday! Michigan's experience with COVID has garnered national attention this past month. Despite temporarily decreasing from their all-time high in early December, COVID hospitalization rates are again climbing in the state due to the Omicron variant. Below, MHA's Adam Carlson details how Michigan hospitals are faring...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Q&A w/ Rep. Whiteford, '5 Slides' video, Lobbyist on 2021 session

| Dec 7, 2021 | Michigan

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! This week's newsletter includes a conversation with Rep. Mary Whiteford on her policy priorities, our recent "5 Slides We're Watching " video on the cost of new medicines, and an interview with a health care lobbyist about some of the main themes...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Legislative update, New medicines, BBB legislation

| Nov 4, 2021 | Michigan

This month's edition of "5 Things We're Watching" includes a rundown of Sparrow Hospital workers' informational picket, rural health leaders' thoughts on workforce and SUD/OUD, and information on our upcoming "5 Slides" conversation. I encourage you to send me any feedback or tips that you have. Thank you very much for reading!   Eli...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Health in the budget, Q&A w/ Robert Sheehan, Opioid use disorder legislation

| Oct 6, 2021 | Michigan

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. Emily Boerger, our managing editor, is one of those. She has put together so much of today's newsletter. She leads a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Capitol insiders, K-12 COVID outbreaks, Barriers to care

| Sep 10, 2021 | Michigan

Over the last few months, Patrick Jones has been doing great work leading our reporting of health reform and health policy in Michigan. He is part of a seven-member news room at State of Reform, led by our managing editor, Emily Boerger. It's a strong team I'm very honored to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Hospital financial health, Tim Pletcher, Workforce challenges

| Aug 5, 2021 | Michigan

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 Michigan: Health in the budget, MHA policy priorities, Addressing racial disparities

| Jul 8, 2021 | Michigan

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

5 Things Michigan: US Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Behavioral health, MDHHS update

| Jun 9, 2021 | Michigan

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 ]

Over 100 organizations at State of Reform in Michigan next week

Matt Beuschlein | May 19, 2021

With a week to go until the conference, we wanted to share the list of over 100 organizations that will be attending our Michigan event next week. It's an impressive list and one that we're honored to host and convene on May 27th! We are looking forward to seeing a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Cost drivers, Capitol insiders, Integrating the social determinants of health

| May 14, 2021 | Michigan

We are two weeks out from our 2021 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on May 27th. So, we're putting the finishing touches on our agenda, and confirming the last of our more than 60 speakers! It's going to be an amazing event, and we are very excited to...[ Read More ]