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House health care bills we're watching in Alaska

Emily Boerger | Feb 21, 2019 | Alaska

Over a month after Alaska’s 2019 legislative session began, the state House of Representatives officially elected leadership and announced its committee assignments earlier this week. Similar to last year, the House Health and Social Services Committee will be led by Representatives Ivy Spohnholz and Tiffany Zulkosky (this year they will...[ Read More ]

Alaska Division of Insurance issues guidance on Association Health Plans

Marjie High | Feb 21, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Division of Insurance issued new guidance on Association Health Plans (AHPs) earlier this month. The bulletin states that it was created in response to new federal regulations issued late last year to expand access to the plans. According to the federal Department of Labor (DOL), AHPs allow small businesses...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Sens. Brophy McGee & Carter, Hacienda HealthCare, Jami Snyder

Emily Boerger | Feb 21, 2019 | Arizona

DJ is taking a well-deserved vacation, so I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the senior reporter here at State of Reform, where I’m usually covering health care in Arizona, and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback or tips on what...[ Read More ]

Series of Senate bills focus on maternal health

Emily Boerger | Feb 20, 2019 | Texas

A handful of bills dedicated to improving maternal health have been referred to the Senate Health & Human Service Committee since the start of the legislative session. These bills, which focus on postpartum care, are in response to Texas’s high rates of maternal mortality. In 2016, the journal Obstetrics and...[ Read More ]

Attorney General Becerra, Assemblymember Wood Announce Bill to Outlaw Collusive Agreements Between Drug Companies that Inflate Drug Prices

| Feb 20, 2019 | California

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblymember Jim Wood today unveiled legislation to help curb increasing drug prices in California. AB 824 would prohibit pharmaceutical agreements in which a drug company transfers anything of value to delay a competitor’s research, marketing, or sale of a competing version of its drug. These agreements, known as “pay-for-delay” agreements, have significantly contributed to price increases for prescription drugs in California. “Patients and consumers deserve to...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, Chair of Arizona's Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Sara Gentzler | Feb 20, 2019 | Arizona

Sen. Kate Brophy McGee represents the 28th Legislative District in Arizona, which covers North Central Phoenix, Biltmore, Arcadia, and Paradise Valley. Brophy McGee served in the House for six years before serving in the Senate. She’s now in her second term, and Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services...[ Read More ]

New Kaiser Permanente Medical School to provide free education to first 5 classes

Marjie High | Feb 19, 2019 | California

The Association of American Medical Colleges Liaison Committee on Medical Education has granted preliminary accreditation to the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. The school announced this week it will begin accepting applications June 2019 for the inaugural class beginning June 2020. Said Holly J. Humphrey, MD, Kaiser Permanente School...[ Read More ]

Topical Agenda for the 2019 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference is now available!

Emily Boerger | Feb 19, 2019 | Utah

The Topical Agenda for our 2019 Utah State of Reform Policy Conference on April 24th is now available! Our agenda is built with input from stakeholders across all silos in Utah health care. The day will feature conversations on 2019 health policy, financing and market dynamics of Utah's health care system, and trending issues in Utah health...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Affordability Hearing, State of the State, Diana Shiba, MD

| Feb 19, 2019 | California

DJ is taking a well-deserved vacation, so I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I have been following health policy in California for some time now, and with the new governor's heightened focus on the issue there's a lot to watch. Feel free to email me any feedback or...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Q&A with Rep. Salinas, Health care bills to watch, Colin Cave, MD

Emily Boerger | Feb 19, 2019 | Oregon

DJ is taking a well-deserved vacation, so I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the senior reporter here at State of Reform, where I’m usually covering health care in Oregon, and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback or tips on what...[ Read More ]