This month’s newsletter includes data on Medicaid beneficiaries’ ED utilization, insight on how federal legislation to lower Medicare Part D prescription drug prices would benefit Coloradans, and more. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum  State of Reform   1. Report shows Coloradans would benefit from Medicare Rx cost reform A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says over … Read more

The Michigan Legislature’s spring break adjournment followed lots of bill movement. The Legislature moved bills to change the prior authorization process for commercial insurers, provide supplemental funds to implement statewide broadband, and expand the Essential Health Provider Loan Repayment Program.      Both chambers recently passed Senate Bill 247, which would decrease wait times for … Read more

Advancing California’s commitment to bridge the digital divide, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the state has identified 18 projects to begin work on an open-access middle-mile network that will provide missing infrastructure paths to bring broadband to all our communities. As part of the historic $6 billion broadband investment advanced in partnership with legislative leaders earlier … Read more

The Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on Wednesday passed the “Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act.” The legislation, which was co-sponsored by Florida Congressman Gus Bilirakis, aims to utilize data mapping to identify areas where poor maternal health rates overlap with low broadband access. The goal, reads a statement from Bilirakis’s … Read more

Four Hawaii safety net organizations received a combined $143,000 in grants this month to expand telehealth services to low-income and communities experiencing homelessness. Virtual Care Innovation Network worked in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente to allocate the funding.      See a breakdown of the funding below: $57,000 each to the Community Clinic of Maui in … Read more