Health

Gov. Jay Inslee criticizes Senate’s proposed cuts to Western State Hospital

This article is crossposted on State of Reform, a health policy news site.  Gov. Jay Inslee came out strongly against the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus’...Read More

State Republican leader responds to Gov. Inslee’s AHCA statement

The Congressional Budget Office issued an analysis of the AHCA on Monday with an estimate that the number of uninsured Americans could increase by 24...Read More

WEA moving 100k members to United, Aetna after more than 50 years with Premera Blue Cross

This story is crossposted on State of Reform’s health policy news site.  The Washington Education Association has decided to move its members’ insurance benefits to...Read More

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, left, responds to a question about how the state's appropriate response to changes in health care. (Photo by Erin Fenner.)

Washington Republicans on the ACHA: Too soon to tell

Shortly before the Congressional Budget Office released its report showing as many as 24 million people could lose health care, state Republicans offered their take...Read More

Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, sponsored a bill that could expand access to telemedicine services. (Mugshot courtesy of the Washington Legislature and Statehouse photo by Erin Fenner.)

Senate telemedicine bill heard in House committee

A bill that would allow patients to access telehealth services from a location of their own choosing, was heard in the Washington House Health Care...Read More

Mugshot courtesy of the Washington Legislature. Statehouse photo by Erin Fenner.

Bipartisan bill to protect pregnant women’s rights in the workplace passes Senate

Pregnant women would get additional workplace protections under a bipartisan bill that passed the Senate with a unanimous vote Wednesday. SB 5835, sponsored by Sen....Read More

Bill to make prescription costs more transparent passes House

HB 1541 outlines a plan to collect data on prescription prices, and a way to monitor increases....Read More

House passes bill to curb unexpected hospital charges for patients

HB 2114 passed through the House of Representatives by a vote of 81-17. Representative Eileen Cody and Representative Gerry Pollet introduced the bill at the...Read More

Mugshot of Rep. Laurie Jinkins courtesy of Washington Legislature. Statehouse photo by Erin Fenner.

Bill that would highlight charity payment options for patients passes House with unanimous vote

A bill that would help patients identify charity assistance on their hospital billing statements passed the House unanimously Thursday. According to the bill report, if...Read More

Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, sponsored a bill that would expand access to dental health care. (Mugshot courtesy of the Washington Legislature. Statehouse photo by Erin Fenner.)

Senate unanimously passes another bill to expand dental health care

A bipartisan bill that could make dental care more affordable to pregnant women and people with diabetes passed the Senate with 49-0 vote Wednesday. If...Read More