Industry experts identified initiatives to help minimize inflation and rising healthcare costs at the 2023 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Gordon Ito, insurance commissioner at the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, identified several healthcare cost drivers. They included fragmented or uncoordinated care, unhealthy behavior and lifestyle choices of patients, … Read more

Open Enrollment for 2023 health insurance plans, which now offers standardized state health plans for the first time in Colorado, began on Tuesday and officials from the healthcare industry are taking notice.     Colorado was the first state in the nation to have its state-specific health coverage plan approved by the federal government, which … Read more

Health Management Associates (HMA) is working to develop a statewide social determinants of health (SDOH) transformation plan to help improve Hawaiians’ health outcomes.     The plan will help identify, evaluate, and reduce health disparities based on factors including age, race, ethnicity, gender, primary language, and disability status. It is a project initiated by the … Read more

On November 8th, voters in Colorado will decide the fate of Proposition FF, a ballot measure created by the recently passed House Bill 1414 to provide healthy meals for public school students.      Under the proposal, tax deductions on higher incomes would be restructured so that the revenue can fund the Healthy School Meals … Read more

We are now just two weeks out from the 2022 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference! We’re thrilled to be able to bring you 3 keynotes, 16 breakout sessions, and close to 60 curated speakers who will talk through some of the most pressing issues facing Alaska’s health care system. In this edition of “5 Things We’re … Read more

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) is in the process of finalizing a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada, which it will submit to the FDA this fall.      Section 804 of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) requires the FDA to establish rules and regulations for … Read more

Colorado’s Medicaid membership grew by 32% in the past year, according to the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).     During its annual stakeholder meeting on July 19th, HCPF reported that membership in Health First Colorado, the state’s Medicaid program, grew by more than 400,000 to 1.65 million Coloradans.  Reporting on … Read more

In this edition of “5 Things We’re Watching,” we take a look at health items on Gov. Ige’s intent to veto list, feature coverage on NHPI health disparities, and examine the impact of inflation on health care. Thank you for your continued support! Emily Boerger State of Reform   1. Health policy on Ige’s intent to … Read more

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the board of trustees charged with overseeing Medicare’s financial health recently released updated forecasts of the program within days of each other. These latest reports are valuable starting points for examining Medicare’s current status and likely future course.     CBO’s Medicare estimates, released on May 25th, are included … Read more

In this edition of “5 Things We’re Watching,” we take a look at fentanyl use in Oregon, updates on federal health policy that could impact the state, and coverage of the latest Bridge Health Care Program Task Force meeting. Thanks for reading! Emily Boerger State of Reform   1. Bridge Program task force discusses federal … Read more