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5 Things Colorado: Q&A w/ Lt. Gov. Primavera, Health legislation, Hospital transfer center

| Mar 10, 2022 | Colorado

This month's newsletter includes a conversation with one of Colorado's leading health policy voices, Lt. Gov. Primavera, about behavioral health, reducing health care costs, and taking a multi-siloed approach to health policy making. We also feature an update on key health legislation moving through the legislature, recent action regarding Colorado's...[ Read More ]

A single, statewide Rx delivery system will benefit both patients and providers, says DHCS

| Dec 30, 2021 | California

Implementation of the Medi-Cal Rx initiative begins on Jan. 1, and according to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), transitioning pharmacy services from Medi-Cal managed care to fee-for-service will greatly benefit both patients and providers. They said the transition would be a critical step for the success of the...[ Read More ]

The health-related provisions of the revised BBB plan

| Nov 1, 2021 | Federal

After weeks of intense negotiations over his administration’s sweeping domestic agenda, President Biden released a revised Build Back Better (BBB) plan which substantially scales back many key provisions, including those related to health care. Even so, the absolute size of the initiative -- $1.85 trillion in new federal spending over...[ Read More ]

Commissioner Conway details Colorado's plan for implementing Prescription Drug Affordability Board

| Sep 14, 2021 | Colorado

Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway gave an overview the state’s plan for implementing the recently passed Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB) at a recent webinar hosted by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF). The heavily debated SB 21-175 creates an affordability board to review the prices...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Asm. Arambula, Rx in legislature, CalAIM renewal

| Jul 22, 2021 | California

This edition of "5 Things We're Watching" features an update on DHCS's CalAIM renewal application, a conversation with Medi-Cal expansion advocate Asm. Arambula, and an intriguing report from Manifest MedEx revealing a significant drop in preventive care visits during the pandemic. Please feel free to email me with any tips or suggestions for...[ Read More ]

Q&A with Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board Executive Director Dr. Andrew York

| Jun 10, 2021 | Maryland

Dr. Andrew York is the Executive Director for the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board – a newly created board in Maryland working to address prescription drug costs. According to the annotated code of Maryland, “the purpose of the Board is to protect State residents, State and local governments, commercial health...[ Read More ]