At the 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference last week, leaders of local public health departments discussed crucial lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how to bolster public health in the region going forward.  Muntu Davis, MD, is the county health officer of the Public Health Department of Los … Read more

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) would petition President Joe Biden to create a federal universal healthcare system or allow Washington to create its own.     Members of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee discussed Senate Joint Memorial 8006 during a public hearing on Friday. The bill requests that the federal government … Read more

CareOregon staff are focused on ensuring customers are connected to resources they will need during the Medicaid eligibility redetermination process as the end of the public health emergency’s (PHE) continuous coverage requirement approaches.     The federal government provided continuous coverage for Medicaid recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic through the PHE, regardless of whether or … Read more

A new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research highlights the impact of the 2021 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) results, the nation’s largest state health survey. The report provides an overview of how many times 2021 CHIS data was used in publications and cited in news stories, as well as how many … Read more

A new UCLA Center for Health Policy Research report shows an increased risk of poor mental health among California adults impacted by economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.     According to the report, difficulty paying for housing and other basic necessities as well as trouble finding and paying for childcare greatly increased the risk … Read more

Rural hospital leaders discussed the challenges their facilities face, including staffing and retention issues, and efforts to address them at the 2022 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Robert Duehmig, Interim Director at the Oregon Office of Rural Health, said the organization defines “rural” as a geographic area 10 or more miles … Read more

In a recently released podcast episode hosted by Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) CEO Brian Peters, University of Michigan Health – Michigan Medicine Senior Vice President and CEO T. Anthony Denton said that continuing to address state health care workforce shortages and long-term sustainability of the state health care ecosystem will be top priorities … Read more

While industry leaders have made progress in addressing some disparities in health care, it’s clear that many inequities remain in place. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated those inequities, which some experts discussed at the 2022 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference.      Veronica Sandoval, Principal at Genentech’s Chief Diversity Office, said Genentech studied epidemiology … Read more

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s (MHA) recently released 2022 Community Benefit Report highlights nearly $4.2 billion in investments made toward community services and programs among Michigan hospitals in FY 2020.     The report details the wide range of services and programs Michigan hospitals offered to their communities in the first year of the … Read more

A new Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) hospital financial analysis reveals that hospital net operating margins decreased from an average of 4.6% in 2021 to 0.5% in the first quarter of 2022, and then decreased to -8.7% in the second quarter of 2022.     Last week, AzHHA released its Quarterly Financial Analysis analyzing … Read more