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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: 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 Maryland: Virtual primary care, Nursing shortage, Maternal health

| Sep 30, 2021 | Maryland

It seems like the legislative session is a long ways away... Months, even! But if the most important object of the legislative session is the budget, that is a process that starts getting underway now as agencies begin pulling together their budget requests for Gov. Hogan's consideration in FY 2023....[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Q&A w/ Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, Agency budget requests, ARPA funds

| Sep 30, 2021 | Arizona

For the uninitiated, the legislative session seems a long ways off. But, if the key issue is always money, then the budget is the primary object of each legislative session. And that conversation begins this month with budget requests coming in from state agencies. ASU's finest, reporter Ethan Kispert, has...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: 2022 health policy, Delta and the state budget, BH crisis response

| Sep 29, 2021 | Washington

This month's Inland NW event was a good one with just shy of 400 folks registered at this virtual event after it was all said and done. Our Convening Panel for our upcoming event at the Westin Seattle in January will get together in two weeks From where we sit...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/ Rep. Candice Pierucci, Interim committee meeting, Medicaid vaccination rates

| Sep 23, 2021 | Utah

We had a bit of news yesterday. State of Reform has joined the HMA family of companies. That family includes the Leavitt Partners, which is a national institution among health consultancies based in SLC. So, this alignment deepens our roots in Utah and connects Leavitt and State of Reform at the hip....[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health policy preview, Keynote video w/ Dr. Anne Zink, Adult ICU closures

| Sep 23, 2021 | Alaska

You may have seen my note yesterday about our news that State of Reform is now part of the HMA family of companies. It's a smart, mission-driven group of folks at work to improve the health care systems for the communities they serve. So, there is strong cultural alignment with us,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Q&A w/ Jennifer Faison, State public option, Health equity

| Sep 22, 2021 | Virginia

Fall is here. That means football, a little more rain, and elections. Polling in the governor's race appears to show a steady lead of 3 to 4 points for McAullife. Youngkin will need to pull some more votes from the Southern Coastal region where he leads with 55%, according to...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Keynote w/ AG Bonta, CalAIM's power acronyms, Legislators talk health policy

| Sep 21, 2021 | California

We are very excited to be hosting our 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference this Thursday. It's a great group of just over 300 attendees who will be using our unique virtual conference platform to engage with one another, and wrestle with some of the biggest challenges in California...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Update from HHSC, The future of Texas Medicaid, Plan-provider relationships

| Sep 16, 2021 | Texas

We are looking forward to seeing many of you next week at our 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference! Our audience of about 250 folks from across the spectrum of Texas health care will again be virtual this year. So, while you can't join us at the...[ 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 ]