State News

Texas | May 4, 2015 | News Story

Survey: 42% of Texans support single payer

The Houston Chronicle: Not only do the vast majority of Texans think having insurance is important for them and their families, seven in 10 also want health coverage for everyone else.

And they are willing to dig into their pockets to pay for it.

Missouri | Apr 30, 2015 | Report

Report Cites Iowa in Making Case for Medicaid Expansion

Iowa and Missouri share a border, but the states have taken very different approaches to Medicaid expansion, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Iowa has expanded it while Missouri has not, costing that state's hospitals money and harming the quality of life for its residents, according to a Families USA report.  The report estimated that if Missouri had extended Medicaid in 2014 it would have saved an estimated $385 million in uncompensated care costs by 2022.

Idaho | Apr 30, 2015 | Report

Get Healthy Idaho, Measuring and Improving Population Health

This assessment fulfills the commitment made in April 2014 by the Division of Public Health leadership to better understand the health issues of Idahoans, the underlying factors impacting health and the resources needed to fill the remaining gaps, according to Get Healthy Idaho. The top issues for leaders in the health system included healthcare access, obesity, heart disease and stroke, vaccine preventable diseases, exercise and suicide. The report covers demographics and social determinants of health, leading causes of death, leading health indicators, health professional shortage areas, and a community health assessment.

Oregon | Apr 30, 2015 | News Story

Oregon Passes Insurance Network Consumer Protection Legislation

House Bill 2468 will enable state regulators hold insurers accountable for delivering access to needed healthcare services through provider networks. The bill passed the Oregon Senate today and is on its way to Gov. Brown’s desk. Read news release from OSPIRG

North Carolina | Apr 29, 2015 | News Story

Lawmakers Move Towards Transparency for Drug Prices

According to a Triangle Business Journal article, House Bill 839 has been introduced to require pharmaceutical manufacturers to publicly report cost and utilization information. California and Massachusetts have introduced similar bills.

Georgia | Apr 27, 2015 | News Story

Georgia hospital to pay $20 million to settle short-stay overbilling allegations

Modern Healthcare: The Medical Center of Central Georgia agreed to pay the federal government $20 million to settle allegations that it improperly billed short-stay admissions as inpatient rather than outpatient visits.

Louisiana | Apr 21, 2015 | News Story

Alliance of Partnership Hospitals Reports Improvements in Value and Access

The former state-owned charity hospital system transitioned to a private-public partnership model, referred to as the Alliance of Partnership Hospitals, beginning in April 2012. According to this legislative update, the Alliance touts improvements including the reduction in ED wait times, increase in outpatient visits, and reduction in costs per patient day, among other things.  

Washington | Apr 20, 2015 | News Story

Legislature passes health-care transparency bill

The Washington state legislature passed a bill to establish a fully functional All-Payer Claims Database (APCD). The bill now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature into law. The bill had strong support among businesses, health-care providers and patient organizations and corrects issues in a 2014 APCD law. Among the problems with the existing law was that it lacked a requirement that all health insurers submit data.

Minnesota | Apr 20, 2015 | News Story

Minnesota Only Midwestern State to Halt Increased Obesity Rate

Minnesota’s obesity rate has held level since 2008 according to Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE11. This story attributes these results to the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) that was a part of the state’s 2008 healthcare reform.

New York | Apr 20, 2015 | Report

New York Scorecard on Commercial Payment Reform Released

Catalyst for Payment Reform and the New York State Health Foundation released the Scorecard on New York Payment Reform.