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Premera, Regence, CHPW support reimbursement mechanism in public option bill

| Apr 16, 2019 | Washington

Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield and Community Health Plan of Washington have told Senators they now support the reimbursement mechanism included in the public option legislation, SB 5526.  This follows changes made to the bill in the House, which moved the bill off the floor last Wednesday. In a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Rep. Cedric Hayden, Matthew Sinnott, Rx costs

| Apr 11, 2019 | Oregon

Gov. Brown was in Seattle last weekend, fundraising at an event for the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) meeting. Before the crowd of largely corporate lobbyists, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Oregon "sometimes has some decent wines, at least decent pinots."  Brown shot back, wondering out loud if Inslee "might finally...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A with Sen. David Frockt, Behavioral health funding, Mary McWilliams

| Apr 10, 2019 | Washington

The session is moving into its final stages, with a good possibility that the legislature could conclude early by a day or two. Both chambers and both parties are working relatively smoothly together (we'll overlook this week's failed vote on bonds for the capital budget), to their credit. In this...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Utah's Medicaid model, Cost of care, Federal health policy

| Apr 9, 2019 | Utah

In just over two weeks, we'll be hosting the 2019 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  The big day is getting here quickly... Now is the time to register to be with us on April 24th! The revenue generated from our conferences - from your registration - is what funds...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Bills in committee, Jennifer Stoll, Use our stuff

| Apr 8, 2019 | California

The legislature takes its spring recess next week, but in three weeks, the first policy cutoff looms. In talking with Sacramento stakeholders, it's still not entirely clear whether this will be a significant session for health care legislation or not. There are some pieces in place, but whether they come...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: State budget, Big Island disaster relief, Carl Hinson

| Apr 3, 2019 | Hawaii

Good morning, and welcome to a legislative session that seems to be trucking along at a a fairly efficient pace.  We are tracking the budget and some health care legislation for you, as well as featuring a few stories and a video from our State of Reform reporters.  This is...[ Read More ]

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