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Washington’s ABCD Dental Program celebrates 20 year anniversary

Michael Goldberg | Dec 13, 2019 | Washington

Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD), an oral health program which connects Medicaid-insured children up to age six with dentists specially trained to treat babies, toddlers and preschoolers, is celebrating its twenty year anniversary.  Originating in Spokane as a local program to connect underserved children with oral health care,...[ Read More ]

Adult Enhanced Dental Program for Medicaid recipients reinstated

| Dec 13, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is reinstating Alaska’s adult preventive dental program (also known as the Adult Enhanced Dental Program) for Medicaid recipients effective Dec. 31, 2019. Program services will also be retroactively covered to Oct. 1, 2019, when the program was discontinued as part of an...[ Read More ]

2019 Southern California State of Reform Keynote: One on One; Brianna Lierman

Emily Boerger | Dec 13, 2019 | California

Our Morning Keynote session at the 2019 Southern California State of Reform Conference featured three unique leaders, approaching the challenge of health reform from diverse perspectives. Our host, DJ Wilson, sat down with these leaders where he asked forward-looking questions in hopes of leveraging their experience to better understand the...[ Read More ]

Texas Legislature creates new House Select Committee on Statewide Health Care Costs

Emily Boerger | Dec 13, 2019 | Texas

On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen signed a proclamation creating the House Select Committee on Statewide Health Care Costs in the Texas Legislature. The creation of the select committee comes after Bonnen recently released his interim committee charges, where he stated he would create several select committees to...[ Read More ]

OHA approves Yamhill Community Care for full five-year coordinated care contract

| Dec 13, 2019 | Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority has granted Yamhill Community Care a full five-year contract to serve Oregon Health Plan members through 2024. Earlier this year, Yamhill Community Care received a one-year contract pending the completion of additional steps to meet new "CCO 2.0" requirements. Services for the new contract begin January...[ Read More ]

Register today for Washington State of Reform Pre-Conference Sessions!

Michael Goldberg | Dec 12, 2019 | Washington

Do you want a deeper dive into some of the more important issues facing the health care community today? Earlier this fall, we posted 7 session topics in health policy for your review.     Attendees voted via registration and determined the three sessions we’ll host on January 8th, the...[ Read More ]

Sutter Health | Aetna announces new offering with 98point6 to make primary care more accessible

Emily Boerger | Dec 12, 2019 | California, Washington

Sutter Health | Aetna announced on Wednesday a new offering with 98point6 to make primary care more accessible for all of its members.     98point6 pairs AI and machine learning to make primary care more accessible via a mobile app. Their platform offers on-demand, text-based access to virtual primary...[ Read More ]

2019 Southern California State of Reform Keynote: One on One; Beth Andersen

Emily Boerger | Dec 12, 2019 | California

Our Morning Keynote session at the 2019 Southern California State of Reform Conference featured three unique leaders, approaching the challenge of health reform from diverse perspectives. Our host, DJ Wilson, sat down with these leaders where he asked forward-looking questions in hopes of leveraging their experience to better understand the...[ Read More ]

2019 Southern California State of Reform Keynote: One on One; Dimitrios Alexiou

Emily Boerger | Dec 12, 2019 | California

Our Morning Keynote session at the 2019 Southern California State of Reform Conference featured three unique leaders, approaching the challenge of health reform from diverse perspectives. Our host, DJ Wilson, sat down with these leaders where he asked forward-looking questions in hopes of leveraging their experience to better understand the...[ Read More ]

Senators send letter calling for extension of lowered threshold for medical expense deduction

Emily Boerger | Dec 12, 2019 | Arizona, Washington

Earlier this week, US Senators Maria Cantwell, Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally, and Susan Collins sent a letter to Senate leadership calling for an extension of the reduced threshold for the medical expense deduction. The medical expense deduction allows individuals with medical expenses greater than 7.5% of their adjusted gross income...[ Read More ]

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