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5 Things Alaska: Legislators shaping health policy, Keynote w/ Ella Goss, Workforce crisis

| Sep 22, 2022 | Alaska

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...[ Read More ]

Colorado finalizing Canadian drug importation proposal for FDA approval 

| Sep 2, 2022 | Colorado

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...[ Read More ]

Colorado’s Medicaid program adds 400,000 members in FY 2021-22

| Aug 4, 2022 | Colorado

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...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Health-related vetoes, Inflation, Medicaid dental benefits

| Jul 7, 2022 | Hawaii

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...[ Read More ]

Medicare projections from CBO and the program’s trustees

| Jun 14, 2022 | Federal

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...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Financing the Bridge Program, Fentanyl increases, Inflation & Medicare

| May 12, 2022 | Oregon

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...[ Read More ]