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Comm. Conway: market is "pointed in the right direction" to meet public option benchmarks

| Sep 21, 2021 | Colorado

Based on some of his initial conversations with carriers, Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway believes the insurance market is “pointed in the right direction” to comply with benchmarks established by the state’s recently passed “public option” bill. He made these comments during a recent webinar hosted by Colorado Healthcare Strategy...[ Read More ]

As third special session starts, Texas lawmakers have filed nine bills concerning vaccine mandates

| Sep 20, 2021 | Texas

One of Gov. Abbott’s central priorities for the third special session of the 87th Texas Legislature, which began on Monday, is to determine the extent of restrictions on COVID-19 vaccine mandates. As the bills filed so far suggest, lawmakers in the majority party are eager to enforce such restrictions. In...[ Read More ]

California gets over $19 million in federal support for maternal, child health initiatives

| Sep 17, 2021 | California

California will receive nearly $19.3 million in federal funding for improving maternal and child health outcomes, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday. The financial support is part of a $350 million HHS initiative aimed at strengthening the outcomes of maternal and child health across...[ Read More ]

Restricting patient steering and pharmacy quotas: CPhA on legislative successes

| Sep 16, 2021 | California

The California Legislature recently passed two of California pharmacists’ highest priority bills. Senate Bill 524 prohibits health plans from requiring patients to get their medications or services from certain pharmacies -- a practice known as “patient steering.” SB 362 prevents community pharmacies from enforcing quotas on their pharmacists. The two...[ Read More ]

CHI report highlights missed care during pandemic, urges providers to reconnect with patients

| Sep 16, 2021 | Colorado

A report released this month by the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) illustrates the magnitude of missed medical care in Colorado during the pandemic and offers recommendations for addressing this offput care.  Using medical record data from the Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service (CHORDS), CHI examined the volume of patient...[ Read More ]

Texas Medicaid managed care procurement updates: STAR Health Draft RFP, STAR Kids ACO RFI

| Sep 15, 2021 | Texas

As it prepares to procure new managed care contracts for its Medicaid programs over the next few years, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has taken various preliminary steps to prepare for the process.     STAR Health Earlier this month, HHSC released the draft request for proposal...[ Read More ]

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