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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: Roe v. Wade, Rural hospitals, Surprise billing

| May 12, 2022 | Texas

Late last month, CMS dropped its challenge of Texas's 1115 Medicaid waiver, ending a year-long dispute between the Biden administration and HHSC that held the future of Texas Medicaid in the balance. HHSC's original waiver, granted by the Trump administration in January of 2020, is now reinstated, securing the state's...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Rep. Frank & Rep. Turner, Hospital funding, Health policy in the courts

| Apr 13, 2022 | Texas

This newsletter features a video of the Lunch Keynote from last month's 2022 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference as well as updates on Medicaid financing and important health policy litigation. Thanks, as always, for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. Lunch Keynote: Health policy in the Texas Legislature...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Texas conference highlights, Q&A w/ Rep. Zwiener, Trans health care

| Mar 17, 2022 | Texas

Last week, over 200 Texas health policy stakeholders gathered at the 2022 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference for a day of thoughtful, forward-looking conversations on how to improve health care in the state. In case you weren't able to make it, we put together a highlight video that features the sights and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Leavitt & Hellerstedt, Future of Medicaid, Post-COVID workforce

| Feb 17, 2022 | Texas

The 2022 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference is less than a month away! Keep reading for a preview of some of the sessions we've lined up, including conversations around Medicaid's future, behavioral health, and workforce. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Hospitals & COVID, Health equity, Topical Agenda

| Jan 13, 2022 | Texas

I hope you have had a great first couple weeks of 2022! This newsletter features an update on how hospitals are faring in the midst of the Omicron surge, work underway to improve health equity, and vaccine promotion efforts. As always, thanks for reading! Enjoy the long weekend.   Eli Kirshbaum...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Aging Texas Plan, STAR+PLUS, Texas conference

| Dec 16, 2021 | Texas

This is the last Texas "5 Things" of 2022, and what a year it's been! Those in the health policy world have been through a lot this year, so thank you for all the hard work you do to improve health care and for supporting our journalism. Registration is now open...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Food insecurity, Vaccine mandates, Youth behavioral health

Eli Kirshbaum | Nov 11, 2021 | Texas

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" includes the Feeding Texas CEO's thoughts on food insecurity in the state, Texas hospitals' response to Gov. Abbott's ongoing push to prohibit vaccine mandates, and a story on how the recently approved Proposition 6 could blur the rules concerning visitation in assisted living...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Comm. Young talks Medicaid, Update from HHSC, Integrating SDOH into business

| Oct 13, 2021 | Texas

This week's newsletter features some of the highlights from our recent 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference. From this year's prolonged legislative activity to the uncertain future of the state's safety net, needless to say there's a lot happening in the Texas health policy space. With so...[ 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 Texas: HCBS spending plan, Topical Agenda, Price transparency

| Aug 11, 2021 | Texas

It’s an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That’s the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are...[ Read More ]