Health

Column: Doctors Depend on Public Health to Protect Kids

Mumps, norovirus, and other disease outbreaks around our state have caused students to miss an unprecedented number of school days this year. Doctors’ offices, walk-in...Read More

Will paid family leave get funded this session?

GOP leaders said work on the bill to fund paid family leave in Washington is still in the "initial" stages....Read More

A screencapture of a tweet from Rep. Pramila Jayapal, sent out after House Republicans pulled the AHCA bill.

Washington responds to House pulling the AHCA

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan conceded Friday that there are not enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act through his chamber. Ryan...Read More

Washington state Democrats waiting to see what laws Congress passess before back-filling Medicaid

This article was crossposted from the health news policy site, State of Reform.   Washington state GOP leaders have been saying they’ll wait-and-see what Congress...Read More

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 AHCA: 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