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5 Things We’re Watching is our regularly distributed market and policy intelligence newsletter. Each newsletter includes five items of relevance specific to your market. Enjoy links to original source documentation, thoughtful coverage from other outlets, and independent reporting from State of Reform.

5 Things Alaska: Health policy review, Pfizer vaccine, 10-year economic report

| Oct 22, 2020 | Alaska

What an election season it has been in Alaska... We're going to leave most of that aside, even though we think it's the most important topic to watch in Alaska health care for this month, and focus on some key takeaways we heard at our recent conference. We also try...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Economic impacts of COVID, Jim Capretta, Medicaid access

| Sep 15, 2020 | Alaska

We are very excited to host our 2020 Alaska State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference in two weeks! While this is our first virtual conference we've held in Alaska, it's actually our 10th year hosting State of Reform in the state! I wasn't sure we were going to make it...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Primaries to watch, Topical Agenda, State health improvement plan

| Aug 18, 2020 | Alaska

Sometimes, it makes sense to pause and take in all of the stress around us. School is starting back up. Over a billion dollars is getting spent to tell Americans why we should vote against this person or that issue. The pandemic continues with no end in sight. The economy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Medicaid enrollment, Early Bird registration, Bill Pearch

| Jul 22, 2020 | Alaska

The whole of our operation at State of Reform is built on our conferences. Revenue from that single annual event allows us to do everything that we do, from covering Alaska health care to elevating the voices of Alaska's health policy leaders. Registration for the event is now open for...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A with Jared Kosin, Levels of depression, Steve Williams

| Jun 11, 2020 | Alaska

I want to feature a virtual conversation we're hosting on race and health care, which you'll see in item 2 below. Now is a time to be reflective about our biases, the benefits or detriments of our skin color, and how we can foster conversations that will have a measurable...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: 5 Slides, Economic impacts of COVID, Dr. Jeanene Smith

| May 21, 2020 | Alaska

It's good news that Alaska's economy is re-opening. But, when will things actually return to normal? Cruises and tourism will likely miss a season. Oil prices remain low. Seafood processors won't be able to staff up (below). If you go out in a mask now, you're probably going to keep...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Reopening the economy, Special session, Randi Anderson

| Apr 22, 2020 | Alaska

Alaska, you're doing a good job controlling the spread of this disease. Keep it up! It's not clear yet whether we will host our 2020 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. We've moved our date back into late October. But, we won't begin planning for that until we think...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: COVID-19 update, Telehealth bill, Dispatch from WA

| Mar 19, 2020 | Alaska

America now has 11,329 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 85% of which came in the last seven days. Organizations like JP Morgan predict a 2% economic contraction nationally in Q1 and a 3% contraction in Q2, miring us already in a recession. Oil is down to $20 for the first time since 2002. These are precarious times....[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Bills we're watching, Budget update, Anna Brawley

| Feb 24, 2020 | Alaska

It was 10 years ago this fall that we hosted our first State of Reform event in Anchorage. It seems like a lifetime ago that we had keynotes from DHSS Commish Bill Streur and HHS Regional Director Susan Johnson. The kind of bi-partisan, policy agnostic convening that State of Reform...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A with Rep. Matt Claman, Challenges of cutting Medicaid, Rep. Sharon Jackson

| Jan 23, 2020 | Alaska

If you've been reading our newsletter for some time, then you know we try to offer five things we think are worth keeping an eye on each month for the senior health care executives and health policy leaders that read our stuff.  Our 'things' may not all be perfect for...[ Read More ]