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California legislature advances preschool mental health services bill

| Jun 18, 2018 | California

Assemblymember Blanca Rubio’s bill to provide mental health services to preschool age children continues to progress through the Senate. The bill would provide mental health consultation services to children up to the age of 5 in preschool programs or in a general child care and development program. The cost of...[ Read More ]

New Director named at Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services

| Jun 15, 2018 | Alaska

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has appointed Natasha Pineda as the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services. “We’re excited to have Natasha join the Municipality and are interested in supercharging the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Municipal Manager Bill Falsey. Natasha Pineda will take over...[ Read More ]

Three takeaways from United's MCO proposal

| Jun 14, 2018 | Alaska

At the beginning of the month, DHSS posted its Notice of Intent to award the Managed Care Organization (MCO) contract to UnitedHealthcare as part of the Medicaid Coordinated Care Demonstration Project. Like all health policy wonks, I read through all 93 pages of United’s proposal and found three key takeaways....[ Read More ]

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority responds to audit

| Jun 6, 2018 | Alaska

The Alaska Division of Legislative Audit (DLA) released its audit into the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA) over concerns that the Authority was not managing its assets and was not complying with various laws. The audit concluded that the AMHTA invested $44.4 million in cash principal outside of the...[ Read More ]

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 | Arizona

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 ]