Health leaders met at the 2024 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month to discuss initiatives aiming to decrease barriers to healthcare access.  Chris Esguerra, MD, chief medical officer at Health Plan of San Mateo, said about 60 percent of the health plan’s network operates within federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs), which are … Read more

Improving the healthcare consumer experience requires education, advocacy, and systemic change, according to experts who discussed the issue at the 2024 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month.  Maury Giles, chief growth officer at Heart and Mind Strategies, said his company examined national data from a variety of stakeholder groups—including policymakers, patients, providers, … Read more

With over three million Texan adults experiencing a mental health condition, the state is continuing to identify ways to strengthen access to care. Experts in the field discussed how their organizations are contributing to the continuum at the 2024 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month. Greg Hansch, executive director of National Alliance … Read more

At the 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference, a handful of health leaders met to discuss the status of healthcare coverage for the justice-involved population. This year, California became the first state in the nation to offer Medicaid coverage to incarcerated individuals for up to 90 days prior to release.  Autumn Boylan, … Read more

Immigrant health advocates in Illinois have been critical of the state’s recent changes to the Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults (HBIA) and Seniors (HBIS) programs.      Illinois became the first state to ensure healthcare access for undocumented immigrants shut out of Medicaid and Medicare programs when the Healthy Illinois Campaign successfully pushed for the … Read more

The Colorado Health Institute (CHI) marked its 20th anniversary as an organization devoted to health reform and advocacy in Colorado with the release of its 2022 Annual Report on July 11th.      The organization’s 2022 health agenda focused on three areas of concern in Colorado: health and climate, behavioral health, and integrating systems of … Read more

A panel of policy experts advocated for improving the state’s delivery of healthcare to the justice-involved population at the 2023 Illinois State of Reform Health Policy Conference earlier this month.      As part of the Biden administration’s effort to improve care for the justice-involved population, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released … Read more

Last September, Texas Sen. Nathan Johnson (D- Dallas) and Rep. Julie Johnson (D – Dallas) took part in the 2022 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference, where they expressed optimism about their plans to reintroduce Medicaid expansion ahead of this year’s legislative session.      The state’s regular session ended on May 29th … Read more

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 1236 into law on May 16th, which applies a series of administrative modifications to the state’s Behavioral Health Administration (BHA).     Under the bill, the BHA will continue as the regulatory oversight agency for the behavioral healthcare system, and continue to serve as the central body for … Read more

Senate Bill 1700, which would expand the authority of advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to allow them to independently provide primary care services without the supervision of a physician, has been sitting in the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee awaiting action since mid-March.     Advocates for the bill, referred to as the … Read more