Legislators on Maryland’s Health and Government Operations (HGO) committee experienced an historic session by passing all of the bills that were introduced through the committee. Delegates Jamila Woods and Deni Taveras (both Democrats representing Prince George’s) spoke with State of Reform about this session’s successes and ways they seek to continue to strengthen the state’s … Read more

On Monday, the California Medical Association announced seven priority bills for the 2023 legislative session, which include a bill to expand cultural and linguistic competency, and two bills relating to reproductive healthcare. Assembly Bill 470 aims to ensure that continued medical education in the state takes into account the growing linguistic diversity of California’s population.  … Read more

The Arizona Senate Health and Human Services committee met on Tuesday and passed 15 healthcare-related bills, sending them to the Senate floor for further consideration. After a brief report of Arizona’s Child Fatality Review Program from 2022, which showed that Arizona’s highest child mortality rate in 10 years was in 2021, members discussed Senate Bill … Read more

Despite committees not being scheduled to conduct the first meetings concerning health bills until March, lawmakers are already working on several health-related bills that were prefiled at the end of last year. These include the notable Assembly Bill 4, which would expand Covered California to all Californians, regardless of immigration status.  AB 4 is the … Read more

Bills related to health facilities providing information on anatomical donations and foster care for children recently moved in the Michigan Legislature.      Senate Bill 1025, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City), would allow a physician’s private practice office or urgent care center to ask each new patient that is between 18 and 45 … Read more

Lawmakers passed several bills that will have significant impacts on behavioral health during Washington’s recently wrapped legislative session. A Senate staffer provided details about how each will impact residents and their health care Tuesday.     Kevin Black discussed the bills during a meeting hosted by Washington Legislative and Policy Advocates. Black is a staffer … Read more

At the House Health and Human Services Committee meeting on Monday, legislators discussed and voted on two key bills concerning Arizona Health Care Cost Containment (AHCCCS)-covered services that recently passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.      Senate Bill 1077 would expand the list of health and medical services covered by AHCCCS to … Read more

Asm. Adrin Nazarian (D – Los Angeles) has served California’s 46th Assembly District since 2012. He currently chairs the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee and sits on the Health Committee. In this Q&A, Nazarian discusses his health policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session, including lowering prescription drug costs and improving consumer experiences at … Read more