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Legislature allocates over $400 million to bolster health workforce

| Oct 22, 2021 | Texas

The legislature’s recently approved bill that distributes $16 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding appropriates over $400 million in federal funds to support the state’s faltering health care workforce. Senate Bill 8 passed during Texas’s third special session, which ended last week. It now heads to Gov. Greg...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Vetoed bills, So-Cal Topical Agenda, Q&A w/ Linnea Koopmans

| Oct 21, 2021 | California

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features stakeholder thoughts on Newsom's vetoes of well-supported bills, a conversation on CalAIM with Local Health Plans of California CEO Linnea Koopmans, and a look at how CalOptima is leveraging text messaging to get more Medi-Cal members vaccinated. Thanks for reading, and if you...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: DOH merger update, "Safe UT" app proves successful, Q&A w/ Ashley Moretz

| Oct 21, 2021 | Utah

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features an update on Utah's DOH-DHS merger, a conversation on the state of rural hospitals with DOH's Ashley Moretz, and the SafeUT app's success at supporting mental health needs during the pandemic. Thanks for reading, and if you have any tips or recommendations...[ Read More ]

Q&A: LHPC CEO Linnea Koopmans on preparing for CalAIM implementation

| Oct 18, 2021 | California

Linnea Koopmans recently took the reins as CEO of Local Health Plans of California, which represents the state’s 16 locally-based, non-profit health plans providing Medi-Cal services. Around 70% of California’s Medi-Cal population gets coverage through LHPC’s member plans. Formerly the senior policy analyst for the County Behavioral Health Directors Association,...[ Read More ]

$20 million going to Arizona community health centers intended to improve health equity in underserved areas

| Oct 14, 2021 | Arizona

As part of the Biden administration’s announcement last month that nearly $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will be distributed to community health centers across the country, US Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema announced Thursday the allocation of $$19,656,854 to 23 facilities in Arizona. Kelly said in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Legislators talk health policy, Update from HCPF, DEI in the workforce

| Oct 14, 2021 | Colorado

This week, our team has been busy gearing up to host next Wednesday's 2021 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Take a look at our finalized Detailed Agenda for a glimpse at some of the conversations we have teed up. With thirteen legislators, six HCPF representatives, and over forty other panelists slotted to speak, this...[ Read More ]

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