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

A new California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) publication details an equity framework for evaluating the state’s Medi-Cal home and community-based services (HCBS) for older adults and people with disabilities.      According to the report, inequities in California’s long-term care system are likely to persist, even as the state continues to make investments in this … Read more

In a historic session that saw the passage of the largest state budget on record, Colorado lawmakers adjourned the 73rd General Assembly on May 11th on a productive note. Of the 650 pieces of legislation introduced at the capitol this year, 132 bills were passed by the legislature and acted on by the governor, including … Read more

Last week, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) announced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’s (CMS) approval of AHCCCS’s Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Spending Plan, meaning the agency can now begin implementing the spending plan’s initiatives and programs upon approval from the Arizona State Legislature. Additionally, the agency announced they will … Read more

This month, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) published a research report titled “Using Data for Good: Toward More Equitable Home and Community-Based Services in Medi-Cal.” The report focuses on Medi-Cal Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and Medi-Cal-funded long-term care, and intends to support state policymakers and stakeholders in ensuring the high-quality collection and reporting … Read more

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you on behalf of the entire State of Reform team for your continued support. Whether it’s through attending our conferences, reading our coverage of health care and health policy in Maryland, or sponsoring our events, we appreciate you! Thanks again … Read more