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CA Insurance Commissioner issues statement in opposition to Republican bill

| Sep 21, 2017 | California

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today made the following statement regarding the Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal bill: The Senate Republican leadership intends to irresponsibly jam through the Graham-Cassidy bill next week without meaningful hearings, without a full CBO score detailing its impact on health coverage and premiums, and without the opportunity for...[ Read More ]

ACHs achieve second milestone, advancing Medicaid transformation

| Sep 20, 2017 | Washington

All nine Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) have passed phase 2 certification, a critical achievement in the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration (Demonstration). Their success signals another step toward the 2021 goal of whole person health care and better management of state resources. Each ACH will receive $5 million to continue: Building...[ Read More ]

Governor Brown announces appointments

| Sep 20, 2017 | California

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments: Cyd Brandvein, 58, of Irvine, has been reappointed to the California Board of Optometry, where she has served since 2013. Brandvein has been director of enterprise resilience services at Google since 2017. She held several positions at AECOM Technology Corporation from...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker reacts to 26.5% decrease in health insurance premiums

| Sep 20, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker today reacted to Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska’s announcement that it expects to see individual market health insurances rates drop by over 25 percent next year. The insurer cited the state’s reinsurance program as one of the key reasons for the substantial rate decrease. Premera’s...[ Read More ]

Health Organizations join Tri-County opioid treatment network, expanding access to medication assisted treatment

| Sep 20, 2017 | Oregon

In late 2016, Health Share of Oregon announced an investment to support the development of a new network of care to support recovery options for individuals living with substance use disorders. Led by Central City Concern and CODA, Inc., the network—called Wheelhouse—now includes Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, De Paul Treatment Centers,...[ Read More ]

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announces leadership changes

| Sep 20, 2017 | Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced that Mary Ann Barnes, RN, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals Hawaii Region, retired on September 8, 2017. Bill Caswell, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, will serve as Hawaii’s interim regional president while an executive search is...[ Read More ]

Podcast: Policy Leadership, Washington Republicans

Kylie Walsh | Sep 19, 2017 | Washington

We hosted our 2017 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Spokane on Sept. 13. This panel, Policy Leadership: Republicans followed our lunch keynote, which was a four-cornered, bipartisan and bicameral discussion, provides insight into what policies and issues might resurface in the 2018 session. We welcomed Senator...[ Read More ]

Podcast: Policy Leadership, Washington Democrats

Kylie Walsh | Sep 19, 2017 | Washington

We hosted our 2017 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Spokane on Sept. 13. This panel, Policy Leadership: Democrats is always well-attended and provides attendees the chance to ask state legislators questions about health policy. We welcomed Senator Patty Kuderer, assistant ranking member on the Senate Health...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker joins bipartisan governors in calling for state input on health care decisions

| Sep 19, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker joined nine other governors today in a continued bipartisan push to Congressional leadership to institute a comprehensive process when addressing health care—and to include states’ and other stakeholders’ input before making final decisions. “Alaskans pay more for health care than do most Americans,” Governor Walker said. “Before...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Sen. Dan Sullivan, Amazon in health care, Lori Wing-Heier

| Sep 19, 2017 | Alaska

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming 2017 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference in two weeks!  If you haven't reviewed the Topical Agenda, check it out here. Now, on to 5 Things We're Watching in Alaska health care, many of which you'll hear...[ Read More ]