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5 Things Arizona: Prefiled bills, Q&A w/ Rep. Alma Hernandez, Native American health

| Nov 24, 2021 | Arizona

On this Thanksgiving eve, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to stakeholders like you who engage with our content and events. Our work reporting on Arizona health policy is only possible with your involvement, so thank you very much for continuing to support us. I hope everyone has a...[ Read More ]

Colorado ICUs are 95% full, CHA points to rising COVID cases and "very high" non-COVID hospitalizations

| Nov 23, 2021 | Colorado

Hospital bed capacity is at its highest since the start of the pandemic with acute care beds at 93% and intensive care unit (ICU) beds at 95% full.  While COVID-19 hospitalizations are lower than last winter highs, Cara Welsh, senior director of communication at the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), says...[ Read More ]

Rep. Rodriguez discusses his prefiled health bills

| Nov 23, 2021 | Arizona

Nov. 15 marked the beginning of the Arizona legislature’s bill prefiling period for the 2022 legislative session. Two health-related bills, House Bills (HB) 2006 and 2007, were both prefiled on Nov. 17 and sponsored by Rep. Walter Blackman (R - Scottsdale) and Rep. Diego Rodriguez (D - Phoenix).     ...[ Read More ]

The tax that could bring over $50 million to help solve Virginia's nursing home crisis

| Nov 23, 2021 | Virginia

Virginia’s ongoing nursing home workforce shortage has caught the attention of policymakers and health leaders across the state. The Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC), tasked with making health care policy recommendations and chaired by Del. Patrick Hope (D - Arlington), dedicated a specific study to the shortages in 2021,...[ Read More ]

Report: What happened with communicable diseases in 2019?

| Nov 23, 2021 | Washington

Even as COVID-19 continues to make headlines, other diseases continue to spread through Washington, and a recent report from the state Department of Health provides information on the status of several communicable diseases in 2019. The report, released in September, summarizes communicable diseases reported by local health jurisdictions. The most...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Native health leader discusses the pandemic’s impact on Native communities

| Nov 23, 2021 | Arizona

Kim Russell is the executive director of the Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care (AACIHC). In this Q&A, Russell discusses the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Arizona’s Native communities, and the health disparities already present in those communities that the pandemic has exacerbated.      Soraya Marashi: What has the...[ Read More ]

MNA members at Sparrow hospital vote to authorize strike, Sparrow responds with new compensation proposal

| Nov 23, 2021 | Michigan

Members of the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital of Michigan Nurses Association (PECSH-MNA) have overwhelmingly voted to give the negotiating team the ability to call a strike if demands to the Sparrow Health System are not met. According to MNA, 96% of the 2,200 members voted “yes” on the...[ Read More ]

Op-Ed: Access to internet and telehealth: Key to health equity for older Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal

, | Nov 23, 2021 | California

Last year, Sylvia, a low-income senior living with diabetes, faced a difficult choice. Experiencing a hyperglycemic episode, she weighed a costly trip to the emergency department against the risk of potentially exposing herself to COVID-19. She chose to get treatment, likely saving her life, but with proper diabetes management she...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: WA Cares Fund, International medical graduates, 2021 Re-Wire Policy Conference

| Nov 23, 2021 | Washington

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you on behalf of the entire State of Reform team for your continued support. Whether it’s through attending our conferences, reading our coverage of health care and health policy in Washington, or sponsoring our events,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Maryland: Q&A w/ Dr. Margaret Moon, Spending Affordability Briefing, HCBS rate increases

| Nov 23, 2021 | Maryland

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you on behalf of the entire State of Reform team for your continued support. Whether it’s through attending our conferences, reading our coverage of health care and health policy in Maryland, or sponsoring our events,...[ Read More ]

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