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5 Things Washington: Insurer rate increases, Youth mental health, Hospital price transparency

| Jun 16, 2022 | Washington

A big thank you to our Convening Panel members who met last week to help us think through the issues and themes that will form our agenda at the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference. We are working internally to develop a draft of our Topical Agenda, which we...[ Read More ]

Murkowski introduces suicide prevention bill

| Feb 14, 2022 | Alaska

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R - AK), along with Sen. Jacky Rosen (D - NV), introduced a bill that would allow direct federal funding for school districts to promote student mental health and suicide prevention efforts.  The bill is known as the Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act, and would...[ Read More ]

DOH report says suicides and overdoses have not increased during pandemic

| Oct 27, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (DOH) recently released a report on suicide and accidental drug overdose data in Utah. Though increases in suicides and overdoses increased in other states and nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no significant change or increase in Utah’s cases, according to the report.   ...[ Read More ]

5 Things Florida: Medicaid flexibilities ending, Q&A w/Alison Yager, Suicide Task Force

| Jul 8, 2021 | Florida

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Florida and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

Three lessons from Vox’s story on physician mental health

| Jun 25, 2021 | Federal

In a 4,700-word piece titled “The doctors are not all right,” Vox Senior Health Correspondent Julia Belluz explores the structural barriers in place that make it difficult for doctors to access mental health care. The article highlights stories of physicians who have died by suicide, COVID-19’s impacts on physician mental...[ Read More ]

Oregon State Senate committee discusses bills to expand suicide prevention efforts

| Mar 5, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery heard testimony on Tuesday on SB 563 and SB 682 — two bills that aim to address the state’s high suicide rate. Senate Bill 563 modifies laws to include suicide data and suicide prevention measures to extend to those...[ Read More ]