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Al Gross forming exploratory committee for U.S. Senate

| May 21, 2019 | Alaska

Al Gross, a practicing orthopedic surgeon from Juneau who lives in Anchorage and Petersburg, says he’s formed an exploratory committee to help him decide if he’s going to challenge U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in 2020. He is expected to announce the committee today in Petersburg, but has the announcement on...[ Read More ]

John Baackes pens op-ed on the viability of a public option

Emily Boerger | May 21, 2019 | California

John Baackes is the CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan covering more than 2 million members. The Hill recently featured an op-ed written by Baackes where he makes the case for the viability of a public option.     In his op-ed, Baackes...[ Read More ]

Gov. Inslee signs surprise billing legislation

| May 21, 2019 | Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s request legislation to end surprise medical billing, enacting arguably the strongest law in the country to protect consumers from this unfair practice.     The new law (www.leg.wa.gov) protects consumers from getting a surprise bill when they get either emergency services at an...[ Read More ]

The Utah Legislature’s interim health priorities

Sara Gentzler | May 21, 2019 | Utah

Last week, Utah’s Health and Human Services Interim Committee held its first meeting since the 2019 General Session adjourned on March 14. The interim committee laid out its areas of focus for the interim and spent time on three of its major priorities. The three priorities it discussed last week...[ Read More ]

Texas Women's Health Report reveals new enrollment and cost-savings trends

Emily Viles | May 21, 2019 | Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission released a new Texas Women’s Health Programs Report earlier this month. Overall, enrollment has increased in both programs, as have cost-savings to the state.     The report is a requirement of the 2018-2019 General Appropriations Act and provides a summary of program...[ Read More ]

Jennifer Kent dismissive of Medicaid drug bulk purchasing agreements with OR and WA

Emily Boerger | May 21, 2019 | California, Oregon, Washington

States along the West Coast are exploring the option of establishing bulk purchasing agreements as a means to drive down prescription drug costs. But, based off recent comments made by Jennifer Kent, Director of California’s Department of Health Care Services, it seems unlikely that California will team up with Oregon...[ Read More ]

AG Becerra on health care consolidation in California

Emily Boerger | May 21, 2019 | California

In a recent POLITICO California Pro Q&A with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the California AG commented on a broad range of topics, including consolidation in health care.     In March 2018, Becerra filed a lawsuit against Sutter Health, claiming the hospital system engaged in anti-competitive practices, resulting in higher...[ Read More ]

Update: Christensen et al. v. Miner et al. settlement in Utah

Sara Gentzler | May 20, 2019 | Utah

During the 2019 General Legislative Session, the Utah Legislature passed a joint resolution approving a settlement agreement in the case of Christensen et al. v. Miner et al., a case related to care settings for Utahns with intellectual disabilities. State defendants in the case presented an update on the settlement,...[ Read More ]

Commentary from Gov. Polis's bill signing ceremony

Emily Viles | May 20, 2019 | Colorado

On Friday afternoon, Gov. Jared Polis signed a series of health care bills that aim to lower costs. Polis signed the bills in Summit County, an area of Colorado known for having some of the highest health care costs in the entire nation.     He signed the bills at...[ Read More ]

Texas Legislature considering bill limiting abortion access

Emily Viles | May 17, 2019 | Texas

In the midst of a national trend to pass legislation aimed at limiting access to abortion, the Texas House of Representatives is currently considering such a bill.      The Texas House placed Senate Bill 22 on the general calendar for consideration on Thursday. The bill is currently being considered...[ Read More ]

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