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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: House budget, opioid bills, Michael Keyes

| Apr 3, 2019 | Texas

We have rounded the corner of the 2019 legislative session.  Today is day 86 of the 140 day session, and we have a House budget to dig into!  So, it feels like progress is getting made as House and Senate leaders align their work. This is our list of 5...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Balance billing, Rep. Tom Oliverson, MCO reform

| Mar 6, 2019 | Texas

The session is really now in full swing, with some important health care legislation introduced recently, including some MCO reform legislation we've been waiting to see released.  So, we have a lot for you on the 2019 legislative session in our March edition of 5 Thing We're Watching in Texas...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas:  Rep. Lina Ortega, What You Missed, Deputy AG Ryan Bangert

| Feb 13, 2019 | Texas

Thank you to the almost 350 senior health care executives and health policy leaders who joined us at our 2019 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  It was a great event, and one of the most diverse convenings of senior health care leaders in Texas. We're already beginning to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Capitol Insiders, Medicaid managed care, Behavioral Health

| Jan 11, 2019 | Texas

Our 2019 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference will be here on February 5th, 2019 - now less than four weeks away!  If you missed the release of our Detailed Agenda, you can check out the list of speakers we have curated for this year's event right here. Because our conference consists...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas:  Opioids, Topical Agenda, Sendero Health

| Dec 14, 2018 | Texas

I hope you're able to get away and enjoy the Christmas holiday now less than two weeks away - or the recent Hannukah celebration or any other festive or religious event that is on your calendar this time of year.  It's important that we make time to recharge our batteries...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Pre-filed bills, Rep. John Zerwas, vaccine legislation

| Nov 14, 2018 | Texas

The legislature still doesn't start for two months, but things are already moving.  Pre-filed legislation is out, as are rider reports from the last session budget.  There is even a comical faux Twitter account for projected-to-be-new Speaker Dennis Bonnen. With things afoot in Austin, we're also gearing up for our 2019 Texas State...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Tenant & BPCI, Carrie de Moor, Medicaid & CHIP

| Oct 15, 2018 | Texas

There are 23 days until election day.  And, 96 days until the start of the legislative session.  Just think about how many questions about the future of our politics, of our country, and of Texas will be answered between now and then. And, that'll be just the beginning. Until then,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Sen. Charles Schwertner, HHSC LAR, Congressional Dems

| Sep 14, 2018 | Texas

With September 11th this week, it's worth taking a bit of time to review these photos from 9/11 now housed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. If you have more time, check out ESPN's short documentary "First Pitch" about President Bush taking the mound at Yankee Stadium in the post-9/11...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: John Petrila, UHRIP funding, 2018 elections

| Aug 20, 2018 | Texas

Welcome to Monday morning!  If you're new to 5 Things, we offer this monthly newsletter with five things that we think are worth keeping an eye on in Texas health care. Some may be very pressing. Some may be more forward looking. But each is likely to impact the Texas...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Individual market, Wesley Durkalski, Rep. Donna Howard

| Jul 5, 2018 | Texas

I hope you had you a Happy Fourth of July yesterday. DJ is taking a much deserved vacation, so I'm bringing you this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. I'm usually covering health policy in Texas, and a number of other states. DJ will be back next month, but until there, here's...[ Read More ]