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Experts say better health data sharing, clearer communication from state needed to improve CalAIM

| Sep 29, 2022 | California

Data sharing is critical to the achievement of CalAIM’s goals, according to a group of experts who spoke at our 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference last week. Experts on our “CalAIM implementation issues” panel also spoke about their organizations’ successes and challenges so far with the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Medical Debt proposition, Pima County vax incentive work, Addressing fentanyl deaths

| Sep 29, 2022 | Arizona

This month's newsletter includes a look at Arizona's ballot initiative that aims to lower medical debt, a successful COVID vaccination incentive effort conducted by Pima County, and recommendations from AzPHA's Will Humble about how to combat rising rates of fentanyl-related deaths in the state. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum...[ Read More ]

Service providers for homeless populations in Washington now eligible to apply for up to $4,000 in economic relief

| Sep 29, 2022 | Washington

Service providers for homeless populations in Washington State are now eligible to apply for $4,000 in economic relief.     The Washington State Department of Commerce is administering a limited program for eligible homeless service workers in Washington to receive a stipend of up to $4,000, and began accepting applications...[ Read More ]

Detailed Agenda for the 2022 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference is now available!

| Sep 29, 2022 | Oregon

The Detailed Agenda for our 2022 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference is now available!     Through our extensive stakeholder engagement process, we have put together many exciting panels that will cover the most important topics in Oregon health policy.  Join us as we hear from experts across...[ Read More ]

CMS approves Oregon’s Medicaid waiver, state will receive funds to address food and housing initiatives

| Sep 29, 2022 | Oregon

Oregon received federal approval on Wednesday to pilot changes to the state’s Medicaid program over the next 5 years. Under the agreement, Oregon will receive $1.1 billion in federal funds to address inadequate food, housing, and other root-cause issues that lead to poor health for residents and families struggling to...[ Read More ]

What You Missed: 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference

| Sep 29, 2022 | California

We hosted our 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference recently, bringing together thought leaders, legislators, and policy experts into multi-silo conversations about the future of health care in California.     Too often, those with good ideas for reforming health care don’t have a solid understanding of...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Sherell McDearmon, Bristol Meyers Squibb

| Sep 29, 2022 | Arizona

In this edition of our "What They're Watching" series, Sherell McDearmon, Director of Strategic Alliances at Bristol Meyers Squibb, lauds Arizona's passage earlier this year of House Bill 2144. The legislation requires health plans to cover biomarker testing, which McDearmon says was a key goal for her organization's broader mission...[ Read More ]

Bills concerning speech-language pathologists’ licenses and health facility visitation policies heard in House Health Policy Committee

| Sep 28, 2022 | Michigan

Bills concerning speech-language pathologists’ licenses and visitation in health care facilities were heard in a recent meeting of the Michigan House Health Policy Committee.     Senate Bill 811, sponsored by Sen. Curtis VanderWall (R - Ludington), seeks to help more speech-language pathologists get licensed in the state. Speech-language pathologist...[ Read More ]

Northwest Kidney Council advocate requests changes to state policy to improve care for Oregonians who need dialysis during environmental emergencies

| Sep 28, 2022 | Oregon

An advocate for quality kidney care requested changes to state policy that aim to improve care for Oregonians who need dialysis treatment during environmental emergency situations.     James Adkins, Director of Advocacy at Northwest Kidney Council, discussed kidney care during a Senate Interim Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness...[ 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 ]