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Report finds preventive care visits in California decreased 20-41% in 2020

| Jul 8, 2021 | California

Preventive care visits in California decreased between 20% and 41% in 2020, according to a new report from Manifest MedEx. Manifest MedEx is the state’s largest nonprofit health information exchange and collects claims and clinical data for over 26 million Californians. The organization’s analysis of 4 million Californians’ 2020 health...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Medi-Cal in the budget, Homelessness funding, Office of Health Care Affordability

| Jul 8, 2021 | California

While DJ is away on vacation, I'm delighted to bring you the newest edition of "5 Thing We're Watching" in California. My name is Eli and I'm a reporter at State of Reform, covering health policy in California, Colorado, and Texas. If you have any tips or suggestions for what you think I should...[ Read More ]

A look at California's "incredible" investments in homelessness

| Jul 6, 2021 | California

Along with the historic $12 billion homelessness package included in the FY 2021-2022 budget, California lawmakers this year are pushing multiple pieces of legislation to further the state’s efforts to reduce its nation-leading homeless population. 22% of the US homeless population currently resides in California. Of this $12 billion in...[ Read More ]

Could new federal bill be a "step in the right direction" for Texas Medicaid?

| Jul 2, 2021 | Texas

Last month, Texas US Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett unveiled a bill that would give communities in his district -- and other underinsured communities like it across the US -- a new avenue to pursue Medicaid expansion. He announced the legislation alongside 40 other House members from states that haven’t expanded...[ Read More ]

Groups urge Abbott to add nursing bills to special session agenda

| Jul 1, 2021 | Texas

Texas’s special session starts next week, and nursing organizations are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to put pro-nurse legislation on the agenda. In a letter sent to Gov Greg Abbott on Thursday, Texas Nurse Practitioners and the Texas Nurses Association called on the governor to include the removal of practice restrictions,...[ Read More ]

Douglas County, Colorado named second healthiest county in US for second year in a row

| Jun 30, 2021 | Colorado

A ranking released Tuesday by US News ranked Douglas County, Colorado as the second healthiest county in the country -- the second consecutive year it has done so. It was out-performed only by New Mexico’s Los Alamos County. The “US News Healthiest Communities ranking” -- conducted in collaboration with the...[ Read More ]

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