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5 Things California: Vaccine bill, Master Plan for Aging, Sarah Steenhausen

Emily Boerger | Jun 20, 2019 | California

DJ is taking a well-deserved vacation, so I’m bringing you the next two editions of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the senior reporter here at State of Reform, where I’m usually covering health care in California and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback or tips on what...[ Read More ]

California vaccine exemption bill amended in order to advance

Emily Viles | Jun 20, 2019 | California

A contentious California vaccination bill has been amended in order to be considered by the Governor. Senate Bill 276, Immunizations: medical exemptions, was amended for the fifth time by the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Richard Pan, on Monday. The bill is designed to crackdown on the number of vaccine...[ Read More ]

Hawaii’s rank on Kids Count child well-being report

Laura Lundberg | Jun 19, 2019 | Hawaii

The 2019 KIDS Count Data Book, published by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is the 30th edition release. The report, released Monday, digs into data regarding child well-being. The data measures 16 indicators under four different tracks to determine the status of a child’s well-being. The four tracks are: economic...[ Read More ]

New paper evaluates the impacts of the PFD on health

Emily Boerger | Jun 19, 2019 | Alaska

A new study out of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage evaluates the impact of the Permanent Fund Dividend on various socio-economic outcomes in Alaska. The study looks at the PFD’s effect on employment, income inequality, health, crime, and consumption. Alaskans began receiving...[ Read More ]

Intermountain Healthcare and deCODE genetics Launch Groundbreaking DNA Study of 500,000 People to Find New Links Between Genetics and Disease

| Jun 19, 2019 | Utah

Intermountain Healthcare and deCODE genetics have announced a major global collaboration and study focused on discovering new connections between genetics and human disease that will involve the collection of half a million DNA samples. The initiative, called the HerediGene: Population Study, represents the largest and most comprehensive DNA mapping effort...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Sen. Brophy McGee, 2019 Health Scorecard, What you missed

Emily Viles | Jun 19, 2019 | Arizona

Emily here! Summer is upon us, and DJ is taking some much-deserved vacation time with his family. While he is soaking up the sun, we are still keeping up with the latest Arizona health care news! Last month, we hosted our 2019 Arizona State of Reform Conference, and it was...[ Read More ]

Texas health policy survey reveals cost of care and accessibility trends

Emily Viles | Jun 18, 2019 | Texas

This week, the Episcopal Health Foundation published findings from the 2019 Texas Health Policy Survey. The survey seeks to better understand Texans’ opinions on a variety of health care policies on both a state and national level. The survey asked respondents about cost of care, accessibility, and avoidance of care....[ Read More ]

Colorado OSPB submits 1331 budget requests

Emily Viles | Jun 18, 2019 | Colorado

This month, the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) released their June 2019 1331 Requests. These requests act as emergency supplemental budget requests and are submitted to the Joint Budget Committee following the passage of the budget, when necessary. The proposal also includes a Schedule 13, which breaks...[ Read More ]

Oregon sets national standard for nonprofit hospitals

| Jun 17, 2019 | Oregon

Hospitals are required nationally to do community benefit under the affordable care, but there are no minimums. The Oregon Senate passed legislation today designed to ensure more nonprofit hospitals are holding up their end of the bargain. House Bill 3076 – which passed with a 20-8 vote on the Senate...[ Read More ]

Bill to expand access to birth control moves forward

| Jun 17, 2019 | California

Californians are one step closer to increased birth control access. Assembly Bill 1264, authored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), would allow Californians to access birth control prescriptions through a phone app by clarifying prescribing telehealth law related to appropriate prior examination. After passing the Assembly floor 64-0-16, the bill...[ Read More ]

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