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Governor Newsom Announces Regional Leaders & Statewide Experts who will Advise on Solutions to Combat Homelessness

| Jul 18, 2019 | California

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the names of the regional leaders and statewide experts who will advise the Administration on solutions to address the state’s homelessness epidemic. Once convened, these leaders will join Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in meetings across the state to...[ Read More ]

Comprehensive Mental Health Plan for Alaska Finalized

| Jul 18, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), in partnership with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust), has finalized Strengthening the System: Alaska’s Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan. This five-year plan assists with guiding resources to the services, workforce and facilities necessary to meet the needs of...[ Read More ]

Takeaways from the CCO 2.0 contract awards

Emily Boerger | Jul 18, 2019 | Oregon

Last week, the Oregon Health Authority announced its intent to award the 2020-2024 coordinated care contracts to 15 organizations. The new CCO 2.0 contracts will total over $6 billion for the 2020 contract year, serving nearly 1 million Oregon Health Plan members.     In January, the Oregon Health Policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Covered California rates, Joel Gray, legislative action

| Jul 18, 2019 | California

Thanks to Emily B and Emily V for holding down this newsletter while I was on vacation with my family.  We spent time in Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro to re-learn with our kids what happens when nationalist politics takes over a country's civic life. Sarajevo is still recovering from over...[ Read More ]

Special Terms and Conditions of Texas 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver

Emily Viles | Jul 17, 2019 | Texas

Special terms and conditions of the Medicaid 1115 Waiver, approved in December of 2017, specify that HHS must submit a draft DSRIP Transition Plan to CMS by October 1, 2019 and a finalized plan by March 31, 2020. The plan must describe how the state will further develop its delivery...[ Read More ]

Bill creating public disclosure requirements advances

Emily Viles | Jul 17, 2019 | California

An assembly bill that would create more public disclosure requirements for executive’s deferred compensation plans has advanced. The California Senate Judiciary Committee passed AB 1404 out of committee this week.  Deferred compensation plans allow for a portion of an employee’s pay to be paid out at a later date. Most...[ Read More ]

Polis Administration Projects 18.2 Percent Average Decrease in Premiums for Individual Health Insurance Plans in 2020

| Jul 16, 2019 | Colorado

Today, the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), announced that for the first time ever, Colorado health insurance companies that sell individual plans (for people who do not get their health insurance from an employer or government program) expect to reduce premiums by...[ Read More ]

Colorado ranked as the 2nd healthiest state in new report

Emily Viles | Jul 16, 2019 | Colorado

A recent study conducted by MoneyRates.com assesses health care in all 50 states, and ranks the states accordingly. The study looks at states where finding and paying for healthcare is most difficult, both as a result of high costs of care and limited accessibility.  The report uses the following metrics...[ Read More ]

Final health insurance rate decisions lower 2020 premiums by $44 million

| Jul 16, 2019 | Oregon

The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation issued final rate decisions for small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance.     Final health insurance rates for the 2020 individual market have been lowered 1 percent on average from the division’s preliminary rate decisions, and 2 percent from the...[ Read More ]

Update on Utah's Per Capita Cap Plan

Emily Viles | Jul 15, 2019 | Utah

Following a recent public hearing on the state’s Medicaid expansion efforts and the 1115 waiver, several members of the Medical Care Advisory Committee submitted a letter expressing opposition to several new provisions in the plan.  One portion of the 1115 waiver, the Per Capita Cap Plan, would continue covering adults...[ Read More ]

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