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What They're Watching: Rep. Julie Johnson, Texas Legislature

| Mar 28, 2023 | Texas

Texas Democratic Rep. Julie Johnson is continuing to advocate for progressive healthcare reforms including Medicaid expansion, despite continued opposition to the effort from the Republican majority in the state legislature. She again filed a bill in the legislature this year to establish the "Live Well Texas" program to expand Medicaid,...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Carly Hood-Ronick, Project Access NOW

| Mar 21, 2023 | Oregon

Carly Hood-Ronick is the executive director of Project Access NOW, a nonprofit that works with Oregon's coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and health systems to provide underserved patients with access to care. We caught up with her at the 2022 Oregon State of Reform conference last fall to hear about what...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Brian Moore, Bay Area Hospital

| Mar 21, 2023 | Oregon

For Brian Moore, president and CEO of Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, the most pertinent topic in Oregon health policy is addressing the lasting negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the healthcare workforce. He discussed how his organization is navigating the workforce crisis at the 2022 Oregon State...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Becky Hultberg, Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems

| Mar 21, 2023 | Oregon

The top priority this year for Oregon hospitals is "operational survival," according Becky Hultberg, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. Hultberg sat down with us during the 2023 Oregon State of Reform conference last fall to discuss the top-of-mind topics in state health policy...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Sen. Jim Smallwood, Colorado Legislature

| Mar 20, 2023 | Colorado

Sen. Jim Smallwood has been following the implementation of the Colorado Option over the past year, and is concerned about the impact it's having on the private insurance market. Having opposed the policy during its time in the legislature, Smallwood told us during the Colorado State of Reform conference in...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Sen. Rhonda Fields, Colorado Legislature

| Mar 20, 2023 | Colorado

"Access, access, and more access" is what Sen. Rhonda Fields told us is her highest priority for state health policy at last month's Colorado State of Reform conference. As a representative of some of the state's rural areas in Adams and Arapahoe counties, Fields is particularly focused on ensuring healthcare...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Dana Malick, PhRMA

| Mar 7, 2023 | Colorado

For Dana Malick, deputy vice president of state advocacy for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), making sure prescription drugs are affordable for patients is a top priority.     In this edition of "What They're Watching," taken during our Colorado conference in November, Malick said her organization...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Marcus Iwane, MD, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

| Feb 27, 2023 | Hawaii

Marcus Iwane, MD, is the clinic chief of internal medicine at the West Oahu Medical Office at Kapolei of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. In this edition of "What They're Watching," we hear from Iwane about how in addition to his clinical work as an internist, he helps develop Kaiser Permanente Hawaii's...[ Read More ]