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Colorado Prescription Drug Affordability Board proposes rules on upper payment limits

| Sep 26, 2022 | Colorado

During a virtual stakeholder meeting last Wednesday, the Colorado Division of Insurance presented its proposed methodology for establishing upper payment limits (UPL) on prescription drugs the Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB) has determined to be unaffordable.      Under the proposed rules, commercially insured Coloradans’ out-of-pocket expense and  health plans’...[ Read More ]

Medicaid doula services key to addressing maternal health disparities in Florida, report finds

| Sep 23, 2022 | Florida

Doulas, non-clinical professionals who provide care to pregnant and postpartum women through education, physical and emotional support, have increasingly contributed to better health outcomes, particularly for Medicaid recipients.  As more states look to integrate doula care into their Medicaid programs, a new report from the Public Policy Institute (PPI) at...[ Read More ]

Colorado’s new Medicaid Director focused on partnering with RAEs to prepare for end of PHE

| Sep 23, 2022 | Colorado

Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) announced earlier this month the appointment of Adela Flores-Brennan as State Medicaid Director. She also assumed the leadership role for the Health Policy Office (formerly called the Health Programs Office), which develops and oversees Health First Colorado and CHP+ medical policies...[ Read More ]

CDHS hires new chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer

| Sep 23, 2022 | Colorado

Dr. Sandy Ho has been hired as chief equity, diversity, and inclusion officer for the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS).   For more than two decades, Dr. Ho has contributed to and been recognized at the regional and state levels for advocacy and championing transformational equity, diversity, and inclusion...[ Read More ]

$22 million in grant funds will be available to Oregon child care providers this winter

| Sep 23, 2022 | Oregon

Oregon child care providers will have an opportunity to apply for funding this winter through the Child Care Capacity Building Fund (CCCBF).     CCCBF Co-Chairs Amy Powers and Courtney Helstein discussed the grant program during a House Interim Committee on Early Childhood meeting on Wednesday. Powers said the state...[ Read More ]

HCA to distribute $100 million to address workforce challenges for Washington behavioral health treatment agencies

| Sep 23, 2022 | Washington

Washington State has committed significant resources to address the workforce challenges for behavioral health treatment agencies. The Health Care Authority (HCA) began the distribution of a $100 million workforce provider relief fund on Monday.     The funds will provide lump sum payments to eligible community behavioral health treatment providers...[ Read More ]

New OHSU study reveals breakthrough infections increase immunity to COVID-19

| Sep 23, 2022 | Oregon

Vaccine boosters and breakthrough infections following vaccination both provide a substantial and potentially pandemic-breaking immunity against COVID-19, according to new laboratory research from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).     The study, published Wednesday in the journal Med, is the latest in a series of OHSU discoveries using blood...[ Read More ]

MHA encourages Marylanders to get boosted for fall

| Sep 22, 2022 | Maryland

Marylanders now have access to an updated COVID-19 booster vaccine that is designed to better protect against symptoms of subvariants Omicron BA.4 and BA.5. The BA.5 subvariant makes up almost 90% of all COVID-19 strains now in circulation. The new boosters are available in time for fall, typically a time...[ Read More ]

Experts discuss initiatives to expand behavioral health care in Washington

| Sep 22, 2022 | Washington

Prominent public officials, including President Joe Biden and Gov. Jay Inslee, have identified behavioral health care as a priority service, and some experts discussed how they’re making progress on it in Washington at the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Psychologist Dr. Noelle Turner, from...[ Read More ]

Colorado Office of Behavioral Health changes name to Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health 

| Sep 22, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced Thursday that the Office of Behavioral Health has changed its name to the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health (OCFMH).     CDHS said the new name reflects renewed programmatic efforts and continuous person-first care that is evidence-based and trauma-informed. It...[ Read More ]