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A review of health care costs: deck chairs and the Titanic, part 1

| Feb 27, 2019 | Federal

This article is Part I of a two-part series on the cost of health care and its component parts. Part I explores the recent growth of health care costs in the United States as well as the utilization inputs in the cost equation. Part II will break down the pricing...[ Read More ]

2018 Annual Report from State of Reform

DJ Wilson | Jan 8, 2019 | Federal

With 2018 now in the books, and an increasingly dynamic 2019 now taking shape, I wanted to take a brief moment to say thank you. We've had a good year at State of Reform, expanding our footprint, increasing our coverage of health policy and growing our community. So, we thought...[ Read More ]

What’s unique about Arizona’s new U.S. senators

Sara Gentzler | Dec 26, 2018 | Arizona

Congress will welcome two new senators from Arizona in 2019: Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Rep. Martha McSally. The two make an uncommon pair in many respects. Besides being new to the Senate, they hail from different parties, they’ll be the first two women to represent Arizona in the...[ Read More ]

NFIB timeline provides clues for what’s next in the Texas ACA case

, | Dec 18, 2018 | Federal

Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor out of Northern Texas issued a partial summary judgment declaring the Individual Mandate in the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Further, the judgment declared the entirety of the ACA inseverable and, therefore, “invalid.” A coalition of 20 states brought the lawsuit in February...[ Read More ]

Alaska’s post-earthquake blanket waivers

Sara Gentzler | Dec 17, 2018 | Alaska

As Alaska recovers from the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck on November 30, the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare services (CMS) announced several blanket waivers to help providers in the state continue to care for patients. On the day of the quake, President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration for...[ Read More ]

Health care top issue for women, not men, according to national survey

Emily Boerger | Nov 29, 2018 | Federal

Heading into the 2018 midterms, health care was one of the most important and defining issues for voters. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll from October found that 71 percent of voters described health care as “very important” in determining who they would vote for, and 30 percent said it was...[ Read More ]

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