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Gov. Abbott directs Texas agencies to enhance response to fentanyl crisis

| Sep 22, 2022 | Texas

In a letter sent this week to state agency leaders, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed state agencies to address the threat posed by fentanyl to communities.      Texas witnessed 5,033 drug overdose deaths in 2021, a 19.8% increase from the previous year, growing at a rate higher than the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Abortion trigger law, Topical Agenda, Virtual care growth

| Aug 11, 2022 | Texas

This month's newsletter includes information on Texas's soon-to-be-implemented abortion trigger law, the release of our Topical Agenda for the 2022 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference, and some insight on the growth of virtual care services. Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform 1. Post-Roe abortion law disputes emerge Texas's...[ Read More ]

Texas’s application for extending postpartum Medicaid coverage to 6 months remains under CMS review

| Aug 10, 2022 | Texas

Last week CMS indicated that Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) application to extend Medicaid coverage for new mothers from 2 to 6 months would not be approved in its current form.      HHSC said on Thursday that CMS informed them that the application would not be approved...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: COVID testing profits, Nursing workforce, Medicare physician fees

| Aug 9, 2022 | Hawaii

In this month's edition of "5 Things We're Watching," we feature comments from state leaders on the impact of extended postpartum coverage, a study examining PCR testing profits, and the latest news on the state's nursing workforce shortage. Thank you for reading! Emily Boerger State of Reform   1. Advocates...[ Read More ]

Children’s mental health advocates in Texas call on state leaders to address gaps in care access

| Jul 8, 2022 | Texas

Children’s mental health advocates in Texas are calling for more legislation in the next session to address gaps in mental health care support for families and schools.     Texans Care for Children (TCC) outlined its policy recommendations for the legislature to bolster mental health support for children and youth...[ Read More ]

DOH, hospital budget requests aim to address ‘chronically underfunded’ public health sector

| Jan 28, 2022 | Hawaii

Members of the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) testified before the Senate Committees on Health and Ways and Means this month, presenting their legislative budget requests for fiscal year 2023. In total DOH is requesting $1.07 billion in budgetary funding, a $10 million increase from FY 2022.  Hawaii Health Systems...[ Read More ]