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New report: Texas has highest rate of uninsured people in the nation

Sara Gentzler | Dec 14, 2018 | Texas

A new report issued by Washington D.C.-based think tank the Urban Institute estimates 19 percent of Texans under age 65 are uninsured, the highest uninsurance rate of any U.S. state. Nationally, the report -- created using the Urban Institute's "Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model," which integrates data from the U.S....[ Read More ]

Leader McConnell’s remarks honoring retiring Sen. Hatch

Emily Boerger | Dec 14, 2018 | Utah

On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted out a video honoring retiring Senator Orrin Hatch. Senator Hatch, who delivered his final address to the Senate on Wednesday, will retire after serving in office for nearly 42 years. Here is the full transcript of McConnell’s remarks: “We’re sad to bid...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Inslee's BH plan, Staici West, Detailed Agenda

| Dec 14, 2018 | Washington

We are four weeks out from our 2019 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference. So, some of the topics we're watching in health care in December are justifiably also teed up for our conference on January 10th. This will be the 9th State of Reform conference.  Last year at this...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas:  Opioids, Topical Agenda, Sendero Health

| Dec 14, 2018 | Texas

I hope you're able to get away and enjoy the Christmas holiday now less than two weeks away - or the recent Hannukah celebration or any other festive or religious event that is on your calendar this time of year.  It's important that we make time to recharge our batteries...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Opioids, OHA RFA, YouScript

| Dec 14, 2018 | Oregon

Welcome back to Medicaid, Lori Coyner. And congratulations on making that recruitment come to fruition, Pat Allen!  With that, we'll get right to the items we're following in Oregon health care for the month of December, 2018. With help from Sara Gentzler, Marjie High and Emily Boerger     1. Opioid crisis...[ Read More ]

Regence BlueShield names Jae M. Suzuki Director of Sales

| Dec 14, 2018 | Washington

Regence BlueShield of Washington is pleased to welcome Jae M. Suzuki as Director of Sales, effective December 12. In his new role, Suzuki will be responsible for driving new business development opportunities and retention while leading the Regence Sales team in service to its members and business partners. Suzuki comes to Regence from...[ Read More ]

Lori Coyner to return as state Medicaid director

| Dec 14, 2018 | Oregon

Oregon's former state Medicaid director will return to that role January 28. Patrick Allen, Oregon Health Authority director, said Lori Coyner's return comes at a critical time for the transformation of Oregon's Medicaid program, known as the Oregon Health Plan, which provides health care coverage for nearly 1 million people...[ Read More ]

Balance billing issue gets packed hearing at Utah Health Reform Task Force

DJ Wilson | Dec 12, 2018 | Utah

Room 445 at the Utah capitol building was packed yesterday at a hearing of the Utah Health Reform Task Force. The agenda included the topic of "balance billing," a subject about which Task Force Co-Chair Rep. Jim Dunnigan is preparing legislation for the 2019 session.  He had a bill in last...[ Read More ]

Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s proposed budget reforms OHP funding

Sara Gentzler | Dec 12, 2018 | Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s $23.6 billion proposed general fund and lottery budget for 2019-21 allots over $6.2 billion to Human Services Agencies, which include the Commission for the Blind, DHS, Oregon Health Authority, the Long Term Care Ombudsman, and the Psychiatric Security Review Board. The new budget for those agencies...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Kristine Ashcraft, YouScript

Emily Boerger | Dec 12, 2018 | Oregon

Kristine Ashcraft is the Chief Executive Officer of YouScript, a company dedicated to precision medication management. She joins us in this edition of What They're Watching to discuss pharmacogenetic testing. “I've been in the precision medicine space, specifically pharmacogenetic testing, since 2000. And way back then there was an article...[ Read More ]