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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 Texas: Q&A w/Nora Belcher, Medicaid expansion outlook, Rep. Michael Burgess

| Apr 6, 2021 | Texas

Congrats to those Baylor Bears who played an outstanding game last night to win the NCAA Men's College Basketball National Championship. My Gonzaga Bulldogs were outplayed. Gonzaga has had an amazing run, making the NCAA post-season tournament every year since 1999. They've been a #1 seed or #1 rank often,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Health policy priorities, Keynote conversations, ACA subsidy expansion

| Mar 2, 2021 | Texas

Our upcoming 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference is the first event we've focused on at the national level. This week, we announced the Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, US Sen. Ron Wyden, will keynote the event. This will be perhaps the single best way to interact...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: 2021 Economic outlook, Vaccine rollout, Access to care

| Feb 1, 2021 | Texas

When we build our agendas for our annual conferences, we wait until as late as possible to get started. Then, we ask our Convening Panel, sponsors and readers this question: What are you spending your mental energy on? We then ask our network to tell us who has the best...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Future of TX Medicaid, 2021-23 budget, Chris Murray

| Jan 14, 2021 | Texas

We are gearing up for our 2021 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on Feb. 4th. Because our agenda is full of the most important conversations taking place in Texas health care, it should be no surprise that some of those conversations are things we're featuring in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Rep. Lina Ortega, North Texas Virtual Conference, Rep. Garnet Coleman

| Sep 3, 2020

In the last seven days, the average daily rate of infections is down across Texas by 32%. That’s the good news. However, even those reduced trends would mean one in 16 Texans would become infected with COVID over the next 12 months. With that as context, Steve Love, CEO of...[ 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 Texas: US Rep. Michael Burgess, MFAR, Primary elections

| Feb 13, 2020 | Texas

Hosting State of Reform is a tremendous experience for us each year. Last week's event in Austin with over 300 folks throughout the day was no exception. So, thank you to those who have engaged and supported us over the years - who attend our events and read our stuff....[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Primaries, Samoa, Topical Agenda

| Dec 5, 2019 | Texas

Tomorrow, our "Early Bird" rates expire for our upcoming 2020 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference on Feb. 4th. Prices will go up over the weekend. So, if you already know you want to join about 400 of your closest friends in Texas health care in Austin, we'd love to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Contract awards, Stephanie Muth, Convening Panel

| Nov 6, 2019 | Texas

Wow. Last night, Kentucky went from being Trump +30 to a Democratic governor. Virginia now has a Democratic legislature and governor for the first time since the Civil War. If that general trend continues, things may get a bit more complicated for Sen. John Cornyn, too, who six months ago...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Life expectancy by zip, Ryan Mooney, #TribFest19

| Oct 4, 2019 | Texas

So far in 2019, we've have published 704 independent stories at State of Reform, where we cover health policy and health care in nine states in the west.  In Texas, our team has authored or posted 58 stories on Texas health care and health policy. All of our journalism is funded...[ Read More ]