As the California Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom continue negotiations for the 2023-24 budget, which will be adopted on July 1st, Timi Leslie, leader of BluePath Health and Connecting for Better Health, seeks to overcome challenges of the lack of funding for health information exchanges (HIEs).  Leslie told State of Reform that Connecting for Better … Read more

Democratic Rep. Marcus Riccelli chairs the Washington House Health Care and Wellness Committee in the legislature. At our conference in January, Riccelli spoke with us about the main policy areas he’s focusing on through his influential role at the capitol. Among his top priorities are continuing to incorporate the social determinants of health into health … Read more

To improve access to specialty care for uninsured and underinsured individuals, Anthem Blue Cross recently granted $50,000 to California E-Consult Coalitions, marking the second grant Anthem has released for this initiative since 2021. The California E-Consult Coalitions are composed of Community Health Centers in the Central Valley, North rural, and Sacramento regions. The coalitions are … Read more

Washingtonians can now refill their birth control, receive pregnancy options counseling, acquire emergency contraceptives, and get screenings for sexually transmitted infections through a new telehealth tool.     The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched the new tool to help residents find telehealth sexual and reproductive healthcare services. It offers information about 37 clinics … Read more

A new partnership will make mental telehealth services available to over one million students in K-12 public schools in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), LA Care Health Plan, Health Net, and the LA County Department of Mental Health will use school-based telehealth company, Hazel Health, to provide free mental … Read more

On Jan. 17th, Florida’s Senate Committee on Health Policy received a presentation about the successes of Senate Bill 1222 as it relates to acute and post-acute hospital care in the home setting. The bill passed last summer.  Under SB 1222, hospital pharmacies are authorized to dispense medications to hospital-at-home patients, and authorized paramedics to provide … Read more

Utah Rep. Norm Thurston (R – Provo) recently shared his outlook on the upcoming legislative session with State of Reform, saying his top health policy priorities are sufficiently funding services for people with disabilities and ensuring an adequate supply of mental and physical health professionals across the spectrum of care.      Thurston is optimistic … Read more

We were honored to have Dr. Connie Savor Price, Chief Medical Officer for Denver Health, be our Lunch Keynote speaker at last month’s 2022 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Price discussed her experience leading the prominent health system through the pandemic, the evolution of telehealth in recent years, and Denver Health’s successful work … Read more

Official Washington is focused for now on the midterm election, but, when the dust settles on those races, attention quickly will turn to the pressing matters teed up for Congress’s lame-duck session. While an emerging wish list of potential bills, with champions located both inside and outside of Congress, includes many that won’t make the … Read more

Prominent public officials, including President Joe Biden and Gov. Jay Inslee, have identified behavioral health care as a priority service, and some experts discussed how they’re making progress on it in Washington at the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Psychologist Dr. Noelle Turner, from Mica Peak Psychology & Consulting, … Read more