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Arizona Governor signs veteran suicide bill into law

Emily Viles | Apr 19, 2019 | Arizona

On Wednesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that promises to develop new policies related to veteran suicide reporting. The bill seeks to create more detailed practices around reporting veteran suicides in the hopes of reducing suicide rates.     Currently, the federal government reports on the number of...[ Read More ]

Oregon Senate passes bill to preserve pieces of the ACA

Emily Boerger | Apr 19, 2019 | Oregon

On Thursday, the Oregon Senate passed a bill aimed at aligning certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act with state law. The bill, which came at the request of Governor Brown for the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), passed on a 25-5 vote. The bill comes in the...[ Read More ]

Focus on Texas public school mental health legislation

Emily Viles | Apr 19, 2019 | Texas

On Thursday, the Texas Legislature advanced a series of mental health legislation despite  political controversy surrounding the topic. The state’s approach to mental health care has been questioned in the past; experts argued that there were thousands of Texans who were in need of critical care but had minimal resources...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Greg Vigdor, Anne Winter, health care bills

| Apr 19, 2019 | Arizona

Next week, we release our list of speakers lined up for the 2019 Arizona State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It's a great group of some of the most thoughtful folks in Arizona health care and health policy, timed following the (fingers crossed) end of the legislative session. This year's event...[ Read More ]

New study: Texas 47th in the nation for children's health care

Sara Gentzler | Apr 18, 2019 | Texas

A recent study from personal-finance website WalletHub that analyzed 33 indicators of cost, quality, and access ranks Texas 47th in the U.S. for children’s health care. The overall rank is a composite of scores in three categories: Kids’ Health and Access to Care; Kids’ Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; and...[ Read More ]

House passes Senate's comprehensive opioid bill

Emily Boerger | Apr 18, 2019 | Washington

On Wednesday, the Washington State House passed a comprehensive bill aimed at addressing the statewide opioid epidemic. The bill, which came at the request of Governor Inslee, would address the epidemic from multiple angles.   “Our communities are reeling from opioid misuse and abuse in too many ways to address...[ Read More ]

Oregon House passes prescription drug pricing transparency bill

| Apr 18, 2019 | Oregon

The Oregon House took another step today to address the skyrocketing cost of prescription drug prices that are burdening Oregonians in every corner of the state.     House Bill 2658 requires a 60-day notice to the Department of Consumer and Business Services if a pharmaceutical company raises the prices...[ Read More ]

Update: Utah's narrowed Medicaid expansion

Emily Viles | Apr 18, 2019 | Utah

When Utah voters approved Proposition 3 during the November 2018 election cycle, they believed that come April 1, the number of people eligible for coverage under Medicaid would be expanded. Following the recent legislative session, however, this is not the case. Proposition 3 attempted to provide Medicaid to Utahns under...[ Read More ]

Texas surprise billing legislation passes another step in becoming law

Emily Viles | Apr 18, 2019 | Texas

The bill that seeks to save Texans millions of dollars, passed through the Senate on Tuesday; the vote was 29-2. We have been tracking the surprise billing legislation making its way through the Texas Legislature throughout the 2019 session. Senate Bill 1264 attempts to address surprise medical billing, and is...[ Read More ]

Elizabeth Ripley testifies in support of Adam Crum

DJ Wilson | Apr 18, 2019 | Alaska

Elizabeth Ripley is the Executive Director of the Mat-Su Health Foundation.  She is also one of the most dynamic community health strategists of anyone I know in any of the nine states we cover.  I hold her in very high esteem. So, when she testified in support of Adam Crum,...[ Read More ]

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