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Experts discuss authenticity, relationships, and data around addressing health disparities for underserved

| Nov 18, 2021 | Colorado

A panel of experts spoke about the importance of authenticity, relationship building, and data in positively impacting health outcomes for underserved communities at our 2021 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference.      The panelists included Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver), chair of the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus, Bobby...[ Read More ]

Opioid overdoses rose 54% and total drug overdoses rose 38% in 2020, says CHI report

| Nov 18, 2021 | Colorado

Opioid overdose deaths in Colorado rose 54% in 2020, according to the Colorado Health Institute (CHI). The highest increases come from fentanyl overdoses, which doubled between 2019 and 2020, and increased by 10 times since 2016.  In a report recently released by CHI, they analyzed the increases found in 2020...[ Read More ]

5 Slides We're Discussing: The policy implications of new medicines

| Nov 17, 2021 | Michigan

Panelists discussed the importance of transparency and need for cost reductions on specialty drugs in State of Reform’s recent virtual conversation “5 Slides We’re Discussing: The policy implications of new medicines.”  The experts called on pharmaceutical companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to be more transparent in their pricing and...[ Read More ]

Rep. Dailey-Provost calls recent health work a "betrayal" and discusses future priorities

| Nov 17, 2021 | Utah

As Utah’s second special session comes to a close, Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost (D-Salt Lake City), member of the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, says the legislature has gone too far with legislation inserting itself into medical and business decisions. She called it a “betrayal,” especially around youth transgender care...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Tracy Gruber on the high-level conversations around the DHS-DOH merger

| Nov 16, 2021 | Utah

Tracy Gruber is the executive director of the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) and will serve as the executive director of the newly merged Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) when it operationalizes in July of 2022.  In this Q&A, Gruber discusses the challenges of the merger,...[ Read More ]

Sparrow Hospital health workers will vote on strike authorization

| Nov 15, 2021 | Michigan

Health care professionals of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing announced last week they will be holding a strike authorization vote due to disputes with executives on wages and staffing levels. The members of the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital, a local chapter of the Michigan Nurses Association (PECSH-MNA), will begin...[ Read More ]

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