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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 Utah: Q&A w/ Rep. Candice Pierucci, Interim committee meeting, Medicaid vaccination rates

| Sep 23, 2021 | Utah

We had a bit of news yesterday. State of Reform has joined the HMA family of companies. That family includes the Leavitt Partners, which is a national institution among health consultancies based in SLC. So, this alignment deepens our roots in Utah and connects Leavitt and State of Reform at the hip....[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/Melissa Freigang, Hospital transparency, COVID in nursing homes

| Aug 18, 2021 | Utah

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 Utah: DOH merger update, Greg Bell, Federal coverage gap

| Jul 29, 2021 | Utah

Thanks to the team for holding things down while I stepped away on vacation. Our managing editor, Emily Boerger, leads a team of reporters covering Utah and fourteen other states as they navigate the shoals of health reform. This week, we tee up conversations with Greg Bell, with Eric Cannon and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/Emma Chacon, ACA decision, Health equity

| Jun 17, 2021 | Utah

While DJ is out of office, 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 in Utah and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback or tips...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: SLCo RFA, Interim study plan, ARPA funds

| May 27, 2021 | Utah

It's mental health awareness month in May. And, though we're at the end of the month, it feels like time to double down on being intentional about addressing our mental health needs. According to the US Census Household Pulse Survey, about 53% of Utahns self-attested to "feeling nervous, anxious, or...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Department merger, Mental health, Rx policy discussion

| Apr 22, 2021 | Utah

We held our 2021 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference last week, and learned a lot of very important, compelling things. We feature some of that for you below, but most of the key takeaways will stay with the 200+ folks in the "metaphorical" room with us last week....[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/Mikelle Moore, Update from DOH, Telehealth & the digital divide

| Mar 16, 2021 | Utah

We are now a month out from our 2021 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Our early registration has been stronger this year than in previous years, a trend I expect will pick up this week. On Thursday, we release our full Detailed Agenda for this year's conference. It's a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/Rep. Lesser, Topical Agenda, Student mental health

| Feb 19, 2021 | Utah

We are now less than two months out from our 2021 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference -- and we're getting excited about the names we're curating for you as speakers at this year's event. We will release the more than 60 speakers curated for you in another few weeks....[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Rep. Eliason, Cox's 500-day plan, Budget proposal

| Jan 21, 2021 | Utah

We are now on the other side of the 45th peaceful transfer of power since our Constitution was ratified in 1789. It is one of the most uncommon things in the great swath of human history, having hardly ever been done without swords or battles of some sort. Here, in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Biden health policy, children's mental health, AG Reyes

| Dec 17, 2020 | Utah

We are experiencing a tremendous leap forward in vaccine science, something that our gratification-now culture doesn't fully appreciate. It took 5 days from sequencing the virus genome to the vaccine design. Only 5 days! It took four years for the mumps vaccine to be developed, which was previously the fastest development of a vaccine...[ Read More ]