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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: 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 ]

5 Things Texas: Special session, COVER Now Act, Physician mental health

| Jul 14, 2021 | Texas

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Texas and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: 1115 waiver update, Early Bird registration, Maternal mortality

| Jun 8, 2021 | Texas

This may be the calm before the storm. Thursday is the last published day on the Supreme Court calendar to release opinions from its current term (though they have a few more weeks for orders). It's a term that saw a meaningful challenge to the ACA last November. It was...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Q&A w/Rep. Howard, Health in the budget, Impacts of Medicaid waiver rescission

| May 5, 2021 | Texas

Emily Boerger and Eli Kirshbaum collaborated to break the story on the CMS nullification of Texas's 1115 waiver extension. We had some great reporting there, which we feature below. We also tracked some big moments in the House as they thought about debating Medicaid expansion via a budget amendment. Or,...[ Read More ]

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 ]