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2020 Washington State of Reform Keynote: The State of Behavioral Healthcare in Washington and the Road Ahead

Emily Boerger | Jan 27, 2020 | Washington

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. Dr. Unützer is also Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. His work focuses on innovative models of care that integrate mental health and general medical services,...[ Read More ]

2020 Washington State of Reform Keynote: Re-Shaping the National Health Care Discussion

Emily Boerger | Jan 27, 2020 | Washington

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is one of America’s leading health policy thinkers. In this keynote address, Gov. Kitzhaber updated 2020 Washington State of Reform Conference attendees on his work to shape the national policy debate among Democrats running for president. He also offered comments on the state of Washington...[ Read More ]

DHSS Hires Tammie Wilson as Policy Advisor

| Jan 27, 2020 | Alaska

In the FY21 budget, Governor Mike Dunleavy has asked for a new Deputy Commissioner within the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to oversee the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) and the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), to give these vital divisions the support and attention they need...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet talks about mental health and systemic reform in Colorado

Michael Goldberg | Jan 24, 2020 | Colorado

Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet was elected to represent District 30 in the Colorado House in 2016, unseating a Republican incumbent. Serving as Vice Chair of both the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee and the Legislative Audit Committee, she is in the position to influence health policy in more...[ Read More ]

Hawaii announces Medicaid RFP results

DJ Wilson | Jan 24, 2020 | Hawaii

The State of Hawaii MedQUEST announced the apparently successful bidders for its "QUEST Integration Managed Care" RFP. The two winners of the statewide contract were HMSA and United Healthcare. The two additional winners to cover the island of Oahu only were AlohaCare and Ohana Health Plan.     Ohana is...[ Read More ]

2020 Washington State of Reform Keynote: One on One; Peter Adler

Emily Boerger | Jan 24, 2020 | Washington

Throughout the day, senior health care executives and health policy leaders took the stage at the 2020 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference to offer quick insights into their thinking on Washington State health care and health policy in 2020. This conversation features Molina Healthcare of Washington President Peter...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Health Department issues behavioral health report

Madeline Shannon | Jan 23, 2020 | Hawaii

The state’s Department of Health (DOH) delivered a report to the Hawaii State Legislature in December targeting areas the state could improve in providing health care those suffering from homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse disorders.  Ensuring equal access to care, standardizing and centralizing services to these groups and placing...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Speaker Wilson, Utah bans conversion therapy, Dan Richards

| Jan 23, 2020 | Utah

We are building towards our annual event, the 2020 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, which is now about 10 weeks away!  It'll be here quickly. But there is a legislative session to get through first. So, we hear from Rep. Brad Wilson and track a few other policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Reactions to the budget, DHCS director, Kimberly Gallo

| Jan 23, 2020 | California

We are covering the budget, the courts, and agency issues in this edition of 5 Things We're Watching. If you've been reading us for a while, you'll know these are meant to be five short reads on things we think are important for senior health care executives and health policy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A with Rep. Matt Claman, Challenges of cutting Medicaid, Rep. Sharon Jackson

| Jan 23, 2020 | Alaska

If you've been reading our newsletter for some time, then you know we try to offer five things we think are worth keeping an eye on each month for the senior health care executives and health policy leaders that read our stuff.  Our 'things' may not all be perfect for...[ Read More ]

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