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5 Things Virginia: Health in the special session budget, 4th wave, Maternal health

| Aug 18, 2021

It's an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That's the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: HCBS spending plan, Topical Agenda, Price transparency

| Aug 11, 2021 | Texas

It’s an odd time in COVID. Public opinion has turned gloomy, with Gallup reporting that more people are pessimistic about the future of COVID and getting the disease than are optimistic. That’s the first time since January that more folks are worried than hopeful. Moreover, 1 in 3 vaccinated individuals are...[ Read More ]

Groups urge Abbott to add nursing bills to special session agenda

| Jul 1, 2021 | Texas

Texas’s special session starts next week, and nursing organizations are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to put pro-nurse legislation on the agenda. In a letter sent to Gov Greg Abbott on Thursday, Texas Nurse Practitioners and the Texas Nurses Association called on the governor to include the removal of practice restrictions,...[ Read More ]

Health policy reform on Virginia special session agenda

| Jun 28, 2021

Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam called the General Assembly to convene in a special session on August 2. This session has two purposes: filling judicial vacancies and allocating $4.3 billion relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.      Gov. Northam and legislative leaders say improving public health is...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: SLCo RFA, Interim study plan, ARPA funds

| May 27, 2021 | Utah

It's mental health awareness month in May. And, though we're at the end of the month, it feels like time to double down on being intentional about addressing our mental health needs. According to the US Census Household Pulse Survey, about 53% of Utahns self-attested to "feeling nervous, anxious, or...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Overdose surge, Convening panel, Federal health policy agenda

| May 27, 2021 | Alaska

This fall on September 14, we plan to host a hybrid event for our 2021 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. It'll be in-person at the Dena'Ina Convention Center, as well as virtually at our digital conference platform. So, if you register, you can choose either to be in-person or...[ Read More ]