This edition features Rep. Michaelson Jenet’s health policy plans for the 2023 session, the Colorado Hospital Association’s legislative priorities for next year, and information about the recently released Alzheimer’s State Plan. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum  State of Reform   1. Rep. Michaelson Jenet’s 2023 priorities With the legislative session starting next month, House health committee Chair … Read more

In this edition of “What They’re Watching,” we talked to Colorado’s Medicaid Director Adela Flores Brennan about what she’s prioritizing as the leader of the state’s healthcare safety net program for vulnerable Coloradans. Among her main focus areas are increasing oral health access in the state and continuing the state’s preparation for the upcoming end … Read more

We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off last month’s 2022 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference with remarks from one of the most respected health policy leaders in the state. It was an honor to hose the Executive Director of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Kim Bimestefer, for … Read more

On a panel led by the newly appointed Colorado Medicaid Director Adela Flores-Brennan during the 2022 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference, officials from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) spoke to the state’s continuing efforts to improve Medicaid.     HCPF panelists outlined some of the many plans it’s … Read more

Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) announced earlier this month the appointment of Adela Flores-Brennan as State Medicaid Director. She also assumed the leadership role for the Health Policy Office (formerly called the Health Programs Office), which develops and oversees Health First Colorado and CHP+ medical policies and contracts.      Flores-Brennan … Read more

This month’s edition includes an update on HCPF’s nation-leading initiative to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, the release of the Topical Agenda for our Colorado event in November (which you can register for here!), the BHA’s plan to strengthen the state’s behavioral health workforce, and more. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum  State of Reform   … Read more

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

I’d like to introduce you all to Boram Kim, State of Reform’s new reporter for Colorado! Boram has been doing some great coverage of the Colorado market over the past few weeks and we’re thrilled to have him with us. Don’t hesitate to reach out to him with story ideas, feedback, or if you’d just like … Read more

Governor Jared Polis’ Office of State Planning and Budgeting, with help from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), recently submitted a budget request package to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) to financially stabilize nursing facilities and assist workforce retention efforts.  According to Colin Laughlin, deputy office director of the Office of Community … Read more

Ahead of the new Behavioral Health Administration’s go-live date in June 2022, Gov. Polis recently announced the appointment of Colorado’s first-ever behavioral health commissioner, Dr. Morgan Medlock, who will oversee the agency. Expect behavioral health to be a central focus in the 2022 legislative session, which begins today. Rep. Mary Bradfield recently spoke with State of Reform about her work on … Read more