Governor Announces Health Care Policy Team

The Governor’s Office made it official on Tuesday, Bob Crittenden, M.D., and Jason McGill, J.D., were named as Governor Inslee’s policy team on health care. Senior Policy Advisor Crittenden will oversee health care reform, while Policy Advisor McGill will focus on all other health care and long term care issues.

March For Life

On Tuesday the 35th annual March for Life and Rally was held at the Capitol. The turnout was extraordinary, one of the larger demonstrations in the last few years.

Annual Pap Tests? For Some in U.S., Old Habits Die Hard

An increasing number of younger women in the United States are delaying their first Pap test for cervical cancer until after they reach 21, reflecting new U.S. guidelines, health officials said on Thursday.

Health Care Reform Premium and Overhead Costs Create Sticker Shock

With one of the larger individual health insurance plans already approved for a 23% premium increase in 2013 and the centerpiece of state health care reform, the Health Benefit Exchange, asking for over $50 million per year to operate, questions are being raised. The Exchange Board met on Friday to discuss the concerns and recommend funding options for the Exchange.

Health Exchange Cost Debate Continues

On Monday at a House Ways & Means Committee meeting, the Chair, Rep. Ross Hunter, questioned why the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange was going to cost over $50 million per year, and requested additional documentation. On Wednesday the HBE Operations Committee struggled with a related question, how to raise that kind of money.