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California becomes first state to expand Medicaid to incarcerated individuals

| Jan 27, 2023 | California

On Thursday, California became the first state in the country to offer a targeted set of Medicaid services to youth and adults in state prisons, county jails, and youth correctional facilities for up to 90 days prior to release. Prior to this announcement, services were generally available after release from...[ Read More ]

Colorado BHA set to release strategic plan on Jan. 31st

| Jan 27, 2023 | Colorado

Testifying before the House Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, Colorado Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) Commissioner Dr. Morgan Medlock said the agency’s strategic plan for transforming the state’s behavioral healthcare system will be released on Jan. 31st.      Medlock appeared before the committee to give...[ Read More ]

Maryland lawmakers discuss the impact of violence on healthcare

James Sklar | Jan 27, 2023 | Maryland

On January 24th, 2023, the first subcommittee meeting for Maryland’s Public Health and Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee took place, featuring input and briefings from a few healthcare advocates regarding their responsibilities and priority goals for this upcoming legislative session. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the impact of...[ Read More ]

Hawaii healthcare employers call for less travel nurse usage, hiring more ‘clinical educators,’ and conducting recruitment efforts in high schools to respond to ongoing workforce shortage

| Jan 27, 2023 | Hawaii

Hawaii healthcare workforce professionals discussed initiatives designed to attract much-needed workers to the field during the 2023 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Janna Hoshide, senior director of healthcare workforce development at Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH), referenced the 2022 Healthcare Workforce Initiative Report HAH released a...[ Read More ]

CDHS advocates for more support around healthcare workforce before House Committee

| Jan 27, 2023 | Colorado

The executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Michelle Barnes, testified before the House Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday that the department has a critical staffing need.     In her testimony, Barnes outlined three departmental priorities for the upcoming fiscal year:...[ Read More ]

Florida’s Senate Committee on Health Policy discusses upcoming Medicaid redeterminations

| Jan 26, 2023 | Florida

Florida’s Senate Committee on Health Policy met earlier this week to discuss Medicaid redeterminations, which will take place starting in April. The committee also discussed the procurement process for Medicaid managed care plans since the current contracts expire on December 31st of 2024. In Florida, Medicaid serves more than 5.5...[ Read More ]

Michigan Gov. Whitmer calls for repeal of Michigan’s 1931 abortion law

James Sklar | Jan 26, 2023 | Michigan

For the first time in over 40 years, there is a Democratic House, Senate, and governor in the state of Michigan. With a trifecta government, many sources have been anticipating that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would share the healthcare-related priorities she hopes to accomplish over the next four years while she’s...[ Read More ]

Bill would strengthen reproductive rights in Washington’s constitution

| Jan 26, 2023 | Washington

A bill that would strengthen reproductive rights for Washingtonians in the state’s constitution sparked passionate remarks, both in support of and in opposition to the proposed amendment, during a legislative meeting on Tuesday.      Members of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee held a public hearing for...[ Read More ]

Utah bill proposes expanding dental care coverage to adults under Medicaid

| Jan 26, 2023 | Utah

Senate Bill 19, a measure that would extend dental benefits under Medicaid to adults 21 years of age and older, advanced to the House after passage in the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0 with 10 abstentions Monday.      Sponsored by Sen. Evan Vickers (R - Cedar...[ Read More ]

California Department of Public Health releases RFP for campaign to reduce behavioral health stigma for youth

| Jan 26, 2023 | California

This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced it is seeking requests for proposals (RFPs) to support the state’s Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative—a key measure in California’s Master Plan for Kids’ Mental Health—through public awareness campaigns. Prevention and early intervention can assist with reducing the risk...[ Read More ]