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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 Washington: Acute depression looms, Black leaders in health care, Yakima County

| Jun 10, 2020 | Washington

We have a lot for you this week, content that I don't think you'll find anywhere else in our state. In fact, we are featuring six things this week because we think there is a lot going on worth knowing about. I hope you take something useful from our work....[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Sen. Nathan Johnson, COVID transmission, insurance crisis

| Jun 5, 2020 | Texas

"We have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times… What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Budget update, Brad Gilbert, 5 Slides video

| Jun 4, 2020 | California

“We have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times… What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Med-QUEST update, Modernizing public health, Aimee Grace

| Jun 3, 2020 | Hawaii

“We have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times… What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Sen. Lupe Contreras, Navajo Nation, Session adjourns

| May 28, 2020 | Arizona

With Gov. Ducey's Stay at Home order now expired, some folks are out pretending as if most of the last few months didn't happen. On one key metric of transmission rates, AZ today has the 9th highest rate of infection among US states. This data is backward looking, and doesn't necessarily result in confirmed...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Special session, Cascade Care, 5 Slides video

| May 28, 2020 | Washington

Washington State is re-opening, though we are far from being done with the reasons for social distancing. So, we have turned our 2020 Inland NW State of Reform Health Policy Conference into a virtual gathering this September. We're building a unique platform to offer a differentiated conference-going experience for folks,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Medicaid budget cuts, Greg Skordas, "5 Slides"

| May 21, 2020 | Utah

Next week, members of our Convening Panel will get together on a Zoom call. You may recall we postponed our April 2nd event, the 2020 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, just as COVID was breaking. As things begin to re-open, my inclination is to not re-convene our event...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: 5 Slides, Economic impacts of COVID, Dr. Jeanene Smith

| May 21, 2020 | Alaska

It's good news that Alaska's economy is re-opening. But, when will things actually return to normal? Cruises and tourism will likely miss a season. Oil prices remain low. Seafood processors won't be able to staff up (below). If you go out in a mask now, you're probably going to keep...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Q&A with Sen. Pat Bates, Telehealth legislation, Changes to Medi-Cal

| May 19, 2020 | California

We launch a new series tomorrow called "5 Slides We're Discussing" where some of the most thoughtful folks in health care bring a slide capturing some of the biggest challenges we face today. I discuss this more below, but we'd love to have you register at either of our first...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Public Option, Budget shortfall, Chris Howes

| May 14, 2020 | Colorado

This morning's "darkest winter" comment before Congress reflects what I've been seeing from confidential and private planning documents from state governments and corporations: there will be a second wave, and there will be a massive negative behavioral health impact in the fall as folks start to realize there is no...[ Read More ]