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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about states taking action on health policy, proposed regulatory principles for federal agencies implementing AI, and pending legislation that could provide funding to address social risk factors.

1. Health policy in 2020 will be made in the states

What’s in store for health policy in 2020? In this Axios blog, the author posits that most of the action will take place at the state level, and provides a summary of healthcare changes expected to take effect this year. These include public insurance options, cost control measures, changes to Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and more.

2. 5 things to know as California starts screening children for toxic stress 

This year, California will become the first state to provide Medicaid reimbursement for providers screening children for adverse childhood experiences. According to Kaiser Health News, the move follows increased recognition of the role sustained stress plays in health, but not everyone agrees that widespread screening is a good idea.

3. ‘Master plan on aging’ bills take effect    

Multiple aging-related bills are slated to take effect this month in California, including one that sets up a long-term care insurance taskforce. Home Health Care News reports the bills will also institute a tax to pay for a long-term care program, address building standards, make it easier for the elderly to access community supports, and more. California is one of several states taking legal action to address an aging population. 

4. White House proposes binding AI regulatory principles for agencies 

Earlier this week, the White House proposed regulatory principles for agencies around the development of artificial intelligence (AI). According to FedScoop, the ten principles, if adopted, would set a consistent standard for AI development. Any agency AI regulations will need final approval from the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

5. Health orgs urge House to push social determinants of health bill 

The Social Determinants Accelerator Act, which would provide funds to states and other localities to address social risks, was first introduced into the House this summer. Patient Engagement HIT reports that now a group of healthcare and patient advocacy organizations are pushing for the House Energy and Commerce Committee to move the bill forward. The bill would help create standards and a sustainable funding source for addressing social determinants of health.