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A look at CA Attorney General candidates Becerra and Jones

| Jun 5, 2018 | California

California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones have both made their successes in healthcare part of their platforms in the current race for Attorney General. While Jones has highlighted his work in implementing the ACA and blocking mergers as a way to protect consumers, Becerra has...[ Read More ]

Arizona’s health system performance sees significant improvement

| Jun 1, 2018

The Commonwealth Fund recently released the 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which analyzed more than 40 measures of health care access, quality, efficiency, health outcomes and disparities. While Arizona is ranked just below the national average at 29th overall, the state improved its overall score and its scores in...[ Read More ]

DHSS posts two Notices of Intent for Alaska's Medicaid Coordinated Care Demonstration

| Jun 1, 2018 | Alaska

Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services has issued two Notices of Intent to Award Contracts for the Medicaid Coordinated Care Demonstration Project. UnitedHealthcare has been selected for the Managed Care Organization (MCO) model. United will demonstrate a Medicaid managed care model in the Anchorage and Mut-Su Valley regions. Under...[ Read More ]

Colorado’s health system performance remains strong

| Jun 1, 2018

The Commonwealth Fund recently released the 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which analyzed more than 40 measures of health care access, quality, efficiency, health outcomes and disparities. Colorado ranked 10th overall in the nation, with scores above the national average in all five main categories. Baseline scores are based...[ Read More ]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas delaying new ER policy

| Jun 1, 2018 | Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) has agreed to delay its new emergency room (ER) policy for 60 days. The policy was scheduled to go into effect on June 4th. Under the new policy, BCBS will no cover out-of-network ER use “unless the issue is serious or life-threatening” for...[ Read More ]

Utah's health system performance among best in the nation despite shortcomings

| May 31, 2018

The Commonwealth Fund recently released the 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which analyzed more than 40 measures of health care access, quality, efficiency, health outcomes and disparities. Utah ranks 5th in the nation overall, but has significant differences in its overall scores for the five main categories. Utah is...[ Read More ]