The political impasse over the proposed state budget ended Monday with the Illinois House of Representatives passing a $50.6 billion balanced state budget for FY 2024 along a strict 73-38 party-line vote.     The total budget including both federal and state funds amounts to $118.9 billion with increased spending in areas of education, healthcare, … Read more

Top health policymakers in Utah convened in Salt Lake City on Wednesday to share their experiences with the 2023 legislative session, which adjourned on March 3rd.      Members of the House and Senate Health and Humans Services Committees led a panel discussion during the 2023 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, highlighting some … Read more

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 222 on Thursday, eliminating Medicaid co-pays for pharmacy and certain healthcare services.      The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) said the elimination of co-pays will allow Health First Colorado members to put those savings toward other basic needs like rent or food. “Saving Coloradans … Read more

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) released its 5-year plan on healthcare services for executive and legislative consideration last month, which focused one of its many recommendations on improving healthcare access in rural border counties.      The Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) focused on factors that affect health equity in Texas and … Read more

With less than 2 months before the start of the 2023 Utah General Session, improving healthcare accessibility will be a priority for state lawmakers during the 65th Legislature.      The legislature will consider 14 pieces of draft legislation reviewed by the 2022 Health and Human Services Interim Committee along with additional health-related bills filed … Read more

A bill recently introduced in the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee would require Michigan pediatricians to offer postpartum mental health screenings to new mothers.      Senate Bill 1198, introduced by Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak), would require state pediatricians to offer mental health screenings that have been approved or developed by the … Read more

A bill that would establish a scholarship program for Michigan birth doulas was introduced to the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee on Oct. 13th.     Senate Bill 1196, introduced by Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), would create the program and would be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The … Read more

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) held a public hearing on the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program, its Medicaid managed care program on Thursday, sharing updates with and collecting feedback from the public.     The commission sought stakeholder feedback on a State Plan Amendment to House Bill 133, a bill … Read more