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CBO leader notes lack of "warm hand-off" between CalAIM and communities

| Jun 11, 2021 | California

The California Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) CalAIM initiative -- of which a primary goal is to reduce health disparities -- doesn’t have a clear plan for involving communities (CBOs) in its reform of Medi-Cal, according to a state CBO leader. Maria Lemus is the executive director of Vision...[ Read More ]

Q&A: LA Care Health Plan CEO John Baackes on the co-existence of a public option and private insurance

| Jun 9, 2021 | California

John Baackes is the CEO of LA Care Health Plan, a public health insurance plan providing coverage to over two million underserved individuals in California. Baackes refers to LA Care as the only functioning public option in the country, serving as an anchor in the state’s health insurance market to...[ Read More ]

DHCS draws in "historic" federal matching funds to restructure HCBS spending

| Jun 8, 2021 | California

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released its spending plan for state home and community-based services (HCBS) on Thursday, making “historic” investments in community health and home-based care.  Using the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) increased Federal Matching Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for certain HCBS, DHCS plans to bring...[ Read More ]

Colorado health chairs reflect on most notable accomplishments this session

| Jun 4, 2021 | Colorado

Despite having one week left before the end of session, Colorado health policy-focused lawmakers already have a slew of significant accomplishments under their belts.  According to Democratic Reps. Susan Lontine and Dafna Michaelson Jenet -- chairs of this session’s House Health and Insurance and Public and Behavioral Health committees, respectively...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rocky Mountain Health Plans CEO Patrick Gordon on reinsurance, health equity, and more

| Jun 3, 2021 | Colorado

Patrick Gordon is the president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP), a Colorado subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. RMHP has operated in Colorado for nearly 50 years and consists of 255,110 enrollees and 21,506 providers. In this Q&A with State of Reform, Gordon shared RMHP’s perspective on issues including the...[ Read More ]

TNA outlines key to reviving bill to remove APRN restrictions

| Jun 3, 2021 | Texas

House Bill 2029 -- this session’s effort to remove practice restrictions for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in Texas -- failed to gain momentum in the Legislature, despite being a high priority bill for numerous stakeholders aiming to expand APRNs’ capacity to practice. Dr. Serena Bumpus, director of practice at...[ Read More ]

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