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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 Colorado: Mara Baer, Health care legislation, Joshua Ewing

| Jan 14, 2020 | Colorado

With a new year and a new legislative session underway, we look to a few smart policy observers to make sense of some of it in this edition of 5 Things. We're also digging into some of the pre-filed legislation and tracking some of the early budget hearings in this year's...[ Read More ]

Medicaid-managed care kicks off session for Health Committee

Madeline Shannon | Jan 14, 2020 | Washington

The Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee started off the 2020 legislative session Monday with two presentations about managed care plans through Medicaid both nationally and in the state of Washington, starting with a presentation from Manatt Health Strategies Senior Managing Director Patricia Boozang. Boozang, who provided a historical overview...[ Read More ]

Correction: MFAR public comment period has been extended to Feb 1st

| Jan 7, 2020 | California

The latest State of Reform 5 Things California newsletter sent out today contained an error in the section called,  The MFAR rule that no one commented on.  The section stated that it was not clear whether CMS would grant an extension of the comment period. In what was not the...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Newsom's budget, MFAR rule, Tayler Trotter

| Jan 7, 2020 | California

With a new year comes a new legislative session! Legislators are reconvening in Sacramento this week for what could be an ambitious year, catalyzed by the national political climate and some pent up enthusiasm for bigger reforms in health care. We are tracking some early signals to see how the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Capitol insiders, Payment transformation, Social determinants

| Jan 2, 2020 | Hawaii

Welcome to 2020!  In two weeks, we'll be seeing a number of you at the 2020 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  We're excited to re-connect with about 300 old friends and with new in Hawaii's health care system. This will be our fourth year hosting our annual conference, an...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Agency budget asks, Pre-filed bills, Ken Meyer

| Dec 27, 2019 | Arizona

Good news? That weight I lost earlier this year...  well, I found it again this holiday season. Here's to hoping all of your holiday cheer was met in-kind and that your new year's resolutions last past January...! Don't mind my post-holiday curmudgeoness...  Here are 5 Things We're Watching in Arizona...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Olympia Insiders, Lessons from other states, Cost of care

| Dec 23, 2019 | Washington

Last night, our kids and about 10-12 other kids on our street went caroling around the neighborhood. It was dark, and chilly, of course. But, in an hour, we met a 102-woman none of us had met before. The kids hugged the recent widower on the corner. And, we introduced...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: 5th Circuit, Rep. Brad Daw, Convening Panel

| Dec 20, 2019 | Utah

I'm a little late getting this out, but I'm really late on getting my holiday shopping done! Hopefully, you've gotten all of yours squared away and you're stress-free heading into the weekend! We should all be so lucky..! Merry Christmas to you, and happy holidays! Thank you for your support...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Public option comments, Rep. Susan Lontine, Prescription drug costs

| Dec 19, 2019 | Colorado

Our team at State of Reform is about to head out for an 'escape room' as part of our holiday party. Maybe it says something about the state of things in 2019 that we're choosing to lock ourselves in a room for an hour with no access to the world...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Rep. Geran Tarr, Health budget, Jonathan King

| Dec 18, 2019 | Alaska

Next year will be our tenth year hosting State of Reform in Alaska, and covering health policy with this newsletter.  I can't really believe we are still at it!  And the primary reason we are is because of you support. You come to our conference, you read our stuff, and...[ Read More ]