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5 Things Utah: Speaker Wilson, Utah bans conversion therapy, Dan Richards

| Jan 23, 2020 | Utah

We are building towards our annual event, the 2020 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, which is now about 10 weeks away!  It'll be here quickly. But there is a legislative session to get through first. So, we hear from Rep. Brad Wilson and track a few other policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Reactions to the budget, DHCS director, Kimberly Gallo

| Jan 23, 2020 | California

We are covering the budget, the courts, and agency issues in this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. If you've been reading us for a while, you'll know these are meant to be five short reads on things we think are important for senior health care executives and health policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A with Rep. Matt Claman, Challenges of cutting Medicaid, Rep. Sharon Jackson

| Jan 23, 2020 | Alaska

If you've been reading our newsletter for some time, then you know we try to offer five things we think are worth keeping an eye on each month for the senior health care executives and health policy leaders that read our stuff.  Our 'things' may not all be perfect for...[ Read More ]

Drug transparency targeted in Colorado House

Monte Whaley | Jan 23, 2020 | Colorado

A bill aimed at reducing prescription drug costs and prompting health insurers and drug manufacturers to open their books on drug pricing was introduced Jan. 21 in the Colorado House of Representatives. The legislation, HB 20-1160, requires insurers to submit to the state’s commissioner of insurance information about prescription drugs...[ Read More ]

2020 Washington State of Reform Keynote: One on One; Diane Oakes

Emily Boerger | Jan 23, 2020 | Washington

Throughout the day, senior health care executives and health policy leaders took the stage at the 2020 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference to offer quick insights into their thinking on Washington State health care and health policy in 2020. This conversation features Arcora Foundation President & CEO Diane...[ Read More ]

2020 Washington State of Reform Keynote: Connecting Housing to Health, Lessons from Hawaii

Emily Boerger | Jan 23, 2020 | Washington

Josh Green, MD, serves as the Lt. Governor in Hawaii. There, he has risen to national prominence as he has drawn a clear line between housing, health policy, and state finances. His approach, which would make housing a covered benefit for the chronically homeless, has shown promise for improved individual...[ Read More ]

Speaker Wilson reflects on Medicaid expansion fights ahead of 2020 session

Michael Goldberg | Jan 23, 2020 | Utah

Ahead of the first day of Utah's 2020 legislative session on Monday, Speaker Brad Wilson sat down with Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick of UtahPolicy.com to discuss pressing issues in Utah state policy and politics. Over the course of a 23 minute podcast recording, Speaker Wilson touched on a variety...[ Read More ]

Rep. Harris highlights health care bills in session update

Emily Boerger | Jan 22, 2020 | Washington

In an emailed update, Representative Paul Harris recapped his work thus far in the 2020 legislative session, highlighting two specific health-related bills he is co-sponsoring this year.     The first bill Harris highlights is House Bill 2335, a bill that would make it easier for individuals with opioid use...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Dan Richards, Regence BlueCross BlueShield

Emily Boerger | Jan 22, 2020 | Utah

Dan Richards is the Manager of Sales at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. He joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss engaging consumers and creating seamless care for the patient.     “The biggest aspect that we're watching right now is how do we effectively engage...[ Read More ]

Insiders react to Newsom's budget proposal

Michael Goldberg | Jan 22, 2020 | California

On January 10th, Gov. Newsom submitted his 2020-21 state budget proposal to the Legislature. Topping off at a record $222.2 billion, the budget proposes significant investments in education, homeless services, health care and a multitude of other programs.  State of Reform asked several insiders for their take on the health...[ Read More ]

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