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5 Things Alaska: Workforce shortage, Overdose deaths, Inflation & Medicare

| Apr 21, 2022 | Alaska

As State of Reform continues to expand and grow, we're excited to announce that we've hired a new full time reporter to cover the intersection of health care and health policy in Alaska. Shane Ersland comes to State of Reform with over 10 years of journalism experience, having most recently...[ Read More ]

CDPHE allocates $1.8 million to increase access to naloxone in local communities

| Feb 4, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Governor Jared Polis recently allocated $1.8 million for the Naloxone Bulk Purchase Fund to expand naloxone access. Naloxone is a life-saving treatment used to reverse an opioid overdose as it is happening. It helps keep someone experiencing an overdose stable...[ Read More ]

5 Things Florida: Value-based care, Health in the budget, Overdoses on the rise

| Jun 9, 2021 | Florida

This may be the calm before the storm. Thursday is the last published day on the US Supreme Court calendar to release opinions from its current term (though they have a few more weeks for orders). It's a term that saw a meaningful challenge to the ACA last November. It...[ Read More ]

Dramatic spike in heroin overdoses prompt health alert from DHSS

| Jun 9, 2021 | Alaska

Heroin overdoses in Alaska have more than doubled in the past year, according to recently released data from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). A public health alert from the department indicates heroin overdose emergency department visits are up statewide but are particularly focused in Anchorage/Mat-Su, Southeast,...[ Read More ]

King County parents search for answers after fentanyl overdose deaths

Michael Goldberg | Oct 25, 2019 | Washington

During the past 75 days, three King County teenagers have died after ingesting fentanyl-laced pills. Two of them died within one day of each other. There have been no reports that they obtained the pills from the same source and there is no indication they were friends, or even knew...[ Read More ]