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5 Things Michigan: State-based exchange bill, MDHHS Keynote video, Q&A w/ Linda Vail

| Jun 7, 2022 | Michigan

This month's edition of "5 Things We're Watching" includes a run-down of bills we're watching in the legislature, additional coverage from our conference, and a conversation with Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. State-based exchange, lead poisoning bills considered...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: May Revise, Abortion protections, Statewide HIE preparedness

| May 19, 2022 | California

We've got some important updates in this week's newsletter, including several on-the-move bills and an overview of health funding in Gov. Newsom's May Revise budget proposal. We also have coverage of the steps California is taking to protect abortion rights in the wake of a likely Roe v. Wade overturn, and...[ Read More ]

Michigan’s lawsuit on 1931 abortion ban upholds status quo of Roe as trial continues, but abortion access still hangs in the balance

| May 18, 2022 | Michigan

Planned Parenthood of Michigan’s lawsuit to block a 1931 state law banning abortion was granted a preliminary injunction on May 17th, which will maintain the status quo set by Roe v. Wade until after the Michigan case is decided—even in the event that Roe is overturned.      The lawsuit...[ Read More ]

Potential Roe overturn places increased importance on California’s 13-bill reproductive health package, state leaders say

| May 17, 2022 | California

With the prospect of the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, California leaders have been vocal about their determination to maintain the state’s status as a safe haven for individuals seeking abortion and other reproductive health care.     The California Legislative Women’s Caucus released a 13-bill package in...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Financing the Bridge Program, Fentanyl increases, Inflation & Medicare

| May 12, 2022 | Oregon

In this edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we take a look at fentanyl use in Oregon, updates on federal health policy that could impact the state, and coverage of the latest Bridge Health Care Program Task Force meeting. Thanks for reading! Emily Boerger State of Reform   1. Bridge...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Roe v. Wade, Rural hospitals, Surprise billing

| May 12, 2022 | Texas

Late last month, CMS dropped its challenge of Texas's 1115 Medicaid waiver, ending a year-long dispute between the Biden administration and HHSC that held the future of Texas Medicaid in the balance. HHSC's original waiver, granted by the Trump administration in January of 2020, is now reinstated, securing the state's...[ Read More ]