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Senators Hickenlooper and Bennet discuss reducing drug prices

| Jan 13, 2021 | Colorado

Newly elected Sen. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet provided a federal perspective on lowering prescription drug costs on a panel at the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing (HCPF)’s Policy Summit Tuesday. Moderated by HCPF’s Executive Director Kim Bimestefer, the panel also included Marissa Schlaifer, vice president of...[ Read More ]

THA unveils policy agenda for 87th legislative session

| Jan 12, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Hospital Association (THA) released its policy priorities for the 87th session Tuesday. The organization says their agenda aims to strengthen Texas’ health care infrastructure and ensure every Texan’s health care needs are met.     The organization announced the following priorities: Increasing comprehensive health care coverage Texas hospitals...[ Read More ]

DSHS's Imelda Garcia discusses Texas' unique Phase 1B population in vaccine update

| Jan 11, 2021 | Texas

In a meeting of the Texas Task Force on Emergency Disease Preparedness and Response Friday Imelda Garcia, associate commissioner of Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services, presented updates on vaccine distribution in the state. She also highlighted how the state’s 1B population differs from what was recommended by the CDC.  ...[ Read More ]

Cox's first budget proposal includes $250 million for COVID-19 response

| Jan 11, 2021 | Utah

Governor Spencer Cox released his $21.7 billion budget proposal Monday for FY 2022. The proposal emphasizes “opportunity for all” and focuses largely on education and the COVID-19 response. The budget allocates $250 million to Utah’s COVID-19 response efforts. These funds will be dedicated to assisting public health partners, households, businesses...[ Read More ]

CEO of Texas Nurses Association outlines legislative priorities

| Jan 11, 2021 | Texas

Lifting barriers to nursing practice, funding nurse education, ensuring paid sick time off -- these are all top priorities for the Texas Nurses Association (TNA), according to the organization’s CEO Cindy Zolnierek, PhD. In a Facebook Live video, Zolnierek gave an overview of the legislation TNA is supporting and what...[ Read More ]

Q&A: CHA's Joshua Ewing talks upcoming session, public option and Biden Administration

| Jan 8, 2021 | Colorado

Joshua Ewing, Vice President of Legislative Affairs at the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), spoke with State of Reform Friday about the health sector’s COVID-19-dominated priorities, the more than 100,000 vaccines CHA has helped administer so far and how Colorado’s health care landscape could change with the imminent shift in national...[ Read More ]

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