The Colorado House Health and Insurance Committee advanced Senate Bill 93 to the committee of the whole on Tuesday.      The measure would lower the state’s interest rates on medical debt from 8% to 3% and require debt collection agencies to provide consumers an itemized statement on the medical charges in question.  The bill’s … Read more

This month’s newsletter includes a look at Arizona’s ballot initiative that aims to lower medical debt, a successful COVID vaccination incentive effort conducted by Pima County, and recommendations from AzPHA’s Will Humble about how to combat rising rates of fentanyl-related deaths in the state. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. … Read more

Proposition 209, the initiative to limit interest rates on debt from health care services, will be on the ballot for Arizona voters this November. Keith Joiner, MD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona, says the measure will benefit some populations more than others if it passes.     The ballot … Read more

In this month’s edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” in Arizona, we explore a recent ruling concluding the inadequacy of health care in Arizona prisons, a conversation with Rep. Athena Salman, and an initiative heading to the ballot this fall that aims to reduce the burden of medical debt on patients. Thanks for reading! Eli … Read more

We’re in the final stages of creating the Topical Agenda for the 2022 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference, which is taking place on Sept. 27th at the Irving Convention Center in Dallas. In a few weeks, we’ll share this year’s curated list of panel topics. If you know you’d like to join … Read more

A proposed ballot measure to protect families and individuals in Arizona from debt collectors by putting a cap on interest rates for medical debt received nearly half a million signatures, Healthcare Rising Arizona, the measure’s authors, announced on Thursday. The measure surpassed the minimum 237,645 signatures needed to put the issue to voters on the … Read more

According to the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, medical debts were filed on approximately 43 million credit reports last year, affecting 1 in 5 households and totaling $88 billion.     Texas has some of the highest levels of medical debt in the country. According to the Medical Debt Policy Scorecard, the Lone Star State … Read more