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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: Rep. Cody, Spokane's Bail Project, Carmen Mendez

| May 30, 2019 | Washington

We are gearing up for our 2019 Inland NW State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Spokane on Sept. 10th. I expect we'll have a crowd of about 300 folks from across the spectrum of both policy and market activity - and we'd love to have you join us if you're able....[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Public option, Glenn Raup, What you missed

| May 23, 2019 | California

With the May budget revise now out, the legislature is moving towards finalizing the fiscal plan for the state by June 15. We'll have more on that in our next issue of 5 Things. For this issue, we're tracking a few "whoa" moments out in California health care in the last few...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: DataDx, Medical debt legislation, opioid tapering

| May 23, 2019 | Oregon

We have announced our date for our 2019 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It's a little later in the calendar this year on November 12th.  But, the hope is that will move us a little closer to the next legislature, and provide perhaps a bit more clarity about the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: 2019 session wrap-up, Wellfound BH Hospital, Sarah Arnquist

| May 17, 2019 | Washington

The session's over but the dust has yet to settle. It was a big session for health care.  We feature some elements of the session below, including some contextual analysis about what some of it means.  But, it's notable that each of the four caucuses had stand out efforts by...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A with Rep. Dunnigan & Sen. Davis, Rx importation, Dr. Chandra Gowda

| May 16, 2019 | Utah

Last month, we held our 2019 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference! It was a tremendous event, a full room, and lots of very smart folks engaging in conversation.  If you missed the conference, don't fret!  We feature some of those discussions for you here in this edition of...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Medicaid redesign, Beacon protests BH-ASO award, Amy L. Mackin

| May 14, 2019 | Alaska

The tourists are in town and Alaska has arrived on the cusp of summer! That means things will slow down through much of the economy. But, it's also sometimes the time when things might move in health care, when the pressure is a little lower and folks can be more...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Q&A with Rep. Roberts, Bill highlights, Health care budget

| May 14, 2019 | Colorado

You may have noticed a new byline showing up at State of Reform. We're excited to have had Emily Viles join our team to cover Colorado health policy. Prior to State of Reform, she worked in the Colorado Legislature on policy, and just happens to be completing her master's degree in health policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Legislators on session, Emily Jenkins, Future of AHCCCS

| May 14, 2019 | Arizona

We are excited to host our 2019 Arizona State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on May 23rd, just next week! And, because our agenda is full of topics that we're watching in Arizona health care, we are devoting this edition to some of the sessions and speakers you'll see with...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Q&A with Rep. Belatti, Vaccine exemptions, Winnie Suen

| May 10, 2019 | Hawaii

A big mahalo to Emily Boerger, Sara Gentzler, Marjie High and Emily Viles, who together make up our content team with me at State of Reform! With your support, through your conference attendance and participation, State of Reform continues to grow in an era of shrinking newsrooms. So, a big mahalo...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: HHSC budgets, Dianne Longley, MCO accountability

| May 8, 2019 | Texas

With luck, we are nearing the home stretch for the 2019 legislative session. It's one that saw more progress on health policy than some might have thought when we convened our Austin event in February. With the session almost done, and as we plan for our Dallas event in September, I'm sure we'll still...[ Read More ]