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5 Things California: Asm. Waldron's health priorities, Aetna & Community Supports, HCBS data gaps

| Dec 28, 2021 | California

This is the last California "5 Things" newsletter of 2021. What a year it has been—everyone inside and outside of the health policy space faced numerous challenges this year as the pandemic continued to disrupt "normal" life. From our team to you, thank you for all of the work you...[ Read More ]

DMAS prepares for post-public health emergency Medicaid disenrollment

| Oct 12, 2021

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is currently preparing for the impending end of the federal public health emergency (PHE) declaration, which will instigate a lengthy eligibility redetermination process for one in five Virginians who currently benefit from Medicaid.      DMAS Director Karen Kimsey provided an update on...[ Read More ]

Update from HHSC: SDPs, enhanced Medicaid funding, and federal financial support

| Oct 12, 2021 | Texas

Safety net funding, the allocation of federal dollars, COVID-19’s impact on Medicaid -- a panel of experts from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) discussed all of this and more at last month’s 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  Stephanie Stephens, HHSC’s Medicaid director, Sonja...[ Read More ]

Video: The vision for CalAIM's power acronyms

| Oct 4, 2021 | California

ECM, HCBS, ILOS -- these are just some of the program titles in California's CalAIM initiative to restructure its delivery of Medi-Cal. What do these acronyms mean, and what will the programs accomplish? In this video from our recent 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference, Beau Hennemann,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Brian Baker, HCBS spending proposal, ICU capacity projections

| Aug 4, 2021 | Hawaii

We are at a tricky place in America right now vis-a-vis COVID. For the first time since January, more people are pessimistic about the future of the disease than are optimistic, according to new polling from Gallup. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are "somewhat" or "very worried" about contracting the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Virginia: Special session, HCBS spending plan, Kathy Tran

| Jul 29, 2021

Thanks to the team for covering things while I stepped out on vacation. Our managing editor, Emily Boerger, leads a team of reporters covering health care in Virginia and 14 other states. You'll see Nicole Pasia's byline all over our Virginia coverage as she's our reporter tracking activity with me...[ Read More ]