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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 Washington: Mask mandates, Health bills, Pregnancy deaths

| Mar 16, 2023 | Washington

This month's edition includes coverage of health bills that have passed through their first chamber in the legislature, and information about Washington's lifting of the mask mandate for healthcare settings next month. As always, thanks for reading!   Shane Ersland State of Reform 1. Mask mandate ending next month Washington's...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: PBM regulation, Reproductive health in the legislature, Medicaid redeterminations

| Feb 19, 2023 | Washington

This month's edition includes coverage of various health legislation being considered in the legislature and input from Amerigroup Washington on their preparation for Medicaid redeterminations. Thanks for reading, and happy Friday!   Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform 1. Lawmakers hope to strengthen nurse workforce In response to the ongoing nursing shortage,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Pharmacies & PBMs, 2023 peer support specialists bill, Q&A on rural student mental health

| Dec 16, 2022 | Washington

Special shoutout to our reporter Shane Ersland, who has done some great reporting in the state recently and is an instrumental part of State of Reform's presence in Washington. Feel free to reach out to Shane at any time with story leads as he continues to track the most pressing topics in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: AI/AN crisis lifeline, 2023 abortion bills, Children's hospital capacity

| Dec 1, 2022 | Washington

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! This week's newsletter includes information about Washington's new Native-serving crisis line, reproductive health legislation being prepared in advance of next year's legislation session, and hospital leaders' concerns about constrained children's hospital capacity in the wake of RSV. In case you haven't heard, we...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Cross-state care collaboration, Affordable housing funding, End of COVID emergency orders

| Oct 26, 2022 | Washington

Registration is now open for the 2023 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference! Register to join us at our first conference of 2023, which will be held at the Westin Seattle on Thursday, January 5th! The State of Reform team is hard at work putting together a diverse array of timely panel...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Panel coverage, Opioid settlement money, Transitional Kindergarten program

| Oct 14, 2022 | Washington

This newsletter includes some additional panel coverage from last month's 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference, as well as reporting on new opioid settlement money coming to the state and the increased utilization of a program to help special needs children transition into kindergarten. Thanks for reading! Eli...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Policy priorities in the 2023 legislative session, Q&A w/ WSHA's Gena Ahlawat, Behavioral health access

| Sep 28, 2022 | Washington

In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching" we feature details on health policy priorities for the 2023 legislative session, a Q&A with WSHA's Gena Ahlawat on hospital workforce initiatives, and a video interview with Rhonda Hauff, CEO of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. Emily Boerger State of Reform   1. Health...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Keynote videos, Health care cost growth, Q&A w/ Jess Molberg

| Sep 15, 2022 | Washington

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference last week! It was an exciting day filled with insightful presentations and engaging conversations. In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we feature keynote videos from the conference, coverage...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: The future of Medicaid, Housing insecurity, Virtual care

| Aug 25, 2022 | Washington

We are now just two weeks out from the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference! The conference will feature 15 breakout sessions and over 50 curated speakers who will talk through some of the most pressing issues facing Washington's health care system. We're also looking forward to hearing from State Medicaid Director...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Monkeypox stigma, Peer support specialists, COVID emergency orders

| Aug 9, 2022 | Washington

My name is Eli Kirshbaum and I'm a Senior Reporter/Editor here at State of Reform. Emily is out on vacation for the next two weeks, so I'm stepping in to write her newsletters while she's gone. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments during her...[ Read More ]