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House Committee on Health Care receives updates on Medicaid Buy-In and SB 889

Madeline Shannon | Feb 28, 2020 | Oregon

Jeremy Vandehey, director of health policy and analytics for Oregon Health Authority (OHA), updated the House Committee on Health Care on Senate Bill 889 and the Medicaid buy-in Friday afternoon.     For the last few decades, the state has tried to expand coverage and ensure health coverage is both...[ Read More ]

DHCS announces re-procurement timeline

Madeline Shannon | Feb 28, 2020 | California

The Senate Budget Committee and Senate Health Committee met Wednesday in a joint meeting with officials from the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to discuss the timeline for the state’s procurement of Medi-Cal contracts, as well as present a proposal for a new program, “Medi-Cal Healthier California for All.” ...[ Read More ]

Colorado remains clear of the coronavirus

Monte Whaley | Feb 27, 2020 | Colorado

Even as the cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 spreads in the United States, Colorado health officials say the risk of contracting the virus is still low. As of Feb. 26, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and 12 tests sent to the Centers of Disease Control...[ Read More ]

Murray writes letter calling on Trump to remove Pence as head of coronavirus response

Emily Boerger | Feb 27, 2020 | Washington

U.S. Senator Patty Murray sent a letter to President Trump on Thursday calling for the removal of Vice President Pence as the head of the coronavirus response team. Murray is the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.     Murray cites Pence’s lack of public...[ Read More ]

5 things Arizona: Bills we're watching, Nurse & physician shortages, 2020 elections

| Feb 27, 2020 | Arizona

The session is humming along and Spring Training is here. That's good! But, last night's news that the first "community spread" instance of the coronavirus is not good. It's an indicator that the virus is already spreading among the population. Overall, death rates are low for the coronavirus. But, Arizona's...[ Read More ]

Assembly Committee discusses the creation of a Cost Containment Commission in California

Emily Boerger | Feb 27, 2020 | California

The Assembly Health Committee held an informational hearing on Tuesday to discuss potential health cost containment options for California.  According to a recent survey from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), 84% of Californians rate making health care more affordable as either “extremely important” or “very important.” The survey also...[ Read More ]

More states are better prepared for health emergency, watchdog group says

Monte Whaley | Feb 27, 2020 | Federal

As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 begins invading the United States, a national health care watchdog group says most states have improved their emergency preparedness plans including public health funding, participation in healthcare coalitions and compacts, hospital safety and seasonal flu vaccination. Colorado, Utah, and Washington were among 25 states and...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Ann-Marie Alameddin

Michael Goldberg | Feb 26, 2020 | Arizona

Ann-Marie Alameddin is the CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. She joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss legislation to combat the physician shortage in the state. We're still hopeful that the physician shortage bill will be included. It had really important funding to...[ Read More ]

Arizona races focus on health care expansion

Monte Whaley | Feb 26, 2020 | Arizona

Arizona’s political races are attracting national attention as both Republicans and Democrats try to wrest control of a state that used to be comfortably in GOP hands. But heading into the Nov. 3 election, Democrats holds five of the nine congressional seats. Health care is a hinge issue in many...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Supplemental budgets, Presidential Primary, Lindsay Harris

| Feb 26, 2020 | Washington

I'm hitting send from 30,000 feet, flying to a conference in Florida. It's a wonder of our modern economy that one can work remotely from the air while writing to a list of over 25,000 readers. That isn't stopping the folks next to me about complaining about the seating, or...[ Read More ]

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