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OCPP responds to questions on Basic Health Stakeholder recommendations

JJ Lee | Dec 7, 2015 | Oregon

The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP), who has been working with stakeholders on the ground level to develop the state’s Basic Health Plan (BHP), reached out to State of Reform to answer questions and concerns regarding the program designed to cover those who fall into “eligibility gaps” due to...[ Read More ]

Shelley Rouillard, Director of DMHC, thoughts on Mergers and Acquisitions

JJ Lee | Dec 3, 2015 | California

In light of today's announcement by Cigna Corporation that it will be accepting Anthem, Inc.'s proposal for acquisition, State of Reform thought it timely to share thoughts by Shelley Rouillard, Director of the Department of Managed HealthCare in California. In her August interview, Rouillard commented on health plan mergers and...[ Read More ]

Exclusive: Catherine Field on Humana's Accountable Care agreement with OHSU

Mary Powell | Dec 2, 2015 | Oregon

This fall, Humana and Healthcare Resources NW (HRNW) announced an expansion of their accountable care agreement to include Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Catherine Field, Intermountain Vice President for Senior Products at Humana, sat down with State of Reform to talk about this new partnership and what accountable care...[ Read More ]

Sydney Smith Zvara, Association of Washington Healthcare Plans

JJ Lee | Nov 23, 2015 | Washington

Sydney Smith Zvara, Executive Director of the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans (AWHP) joined us in Spokane for the 2015 Inland Northwest State of Reform conference. Smith Zvara, works closely with the carriers in the state, representing their voice on a host of policy issues. Smith Zvara is watching the...[ Read More ]

Exclusive-Stephen Rose: "Where do you cross the line from being innovative to illegal?"

JJ Lee | Nov 9, 2015 | Federal, Washington

When State of Reform heard the announcement that Stephen Rose, former Chair of the Health Care Law Department at Garvey Schubert Barer, was transitioning to lead the West Coast expansion for Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, we asked to talk. Rose, who specializes in HIPAA issues, responding to government...[ Read More ]

Exclusive: Mark Baum's disruptive solution to the "drug pricing crisis" in the US

JJ Lee | Nov 2, 2015 | California

When Turing Pharmaceuticals announced its decision to raise the price of Daraprim, a drug commonly used by HIV/AIDS patients to treat toxoplasmosis, to $750 a pill, Imprimis Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: IMMY) CEO Mark Baum stepped in with a response. The San Diego-based pharmaceutical compounding company announced that it would be offering...[ Read More ]

Interview: Lillian Shirley on the public health transformation in OR

JJ Lee | Aug 20, 2015 | Oregon

Lillian Shirley, Public Health Director at the Oregon Health Authority, joined State of Reform to talk about the significant public health modernization effort that has already begun this year with the passage of House Bill 3100. The bill passed with an emergency clause in the 2015 legislative session, which means...[ Read More ]

Exclusive: AK Rep. Hawker responds to questions about Medicaid expansion

JJ Lee | Jul 27, 2015 | Alaska

Alaska Representative Mike Hawker (R-28), Chair of the Legislative Budget & Audit (LB&A) Committee, reached out to State of Reform in response to "Medicaid expansion puts Republicans in a tough spot." In that article, we discussed Gov. Walker's announcement to unilaterally expand Medicaid in the state along with the letter...[ Read More ]