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Senator Becker receives Legislator of The Year Award from Washington State Medical Association

Senator Randi Becker has been named 2020 Legislator of the Year by the Washington State Medical Association for her longstanding partnership with the physician community...Read More

HCA outlines plan to reform Washington’s rural health care payment model

In a presentation to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee this week, Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) Director Sue Birch outlined the agencies plan...Read More

Legislative Democrats and Republicans lay out health policy priorities

Seven legislators with influence over Washington State health policy gathered last week to discuss their observations on health and fiscal policy since the previous legislative...Read More

Capitol insiders discuss budget and health policy options teed up for Washington’s 2021 legislative session

Lonnie Johns-Brown, Principal at Johns-Brown Government Relations, Leslie Emerick, Owner/Partner at Emerick & Bloom, and Tom McBride, Principal at McBride Public Affairs, laid out their...Read More

Kreidler approves average rate decrease of 3.2% for Washington’s 2021 Exchange health insurers

Thirteen health insurers have been approved to sell health plans in Washington state’s 2021 Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder. This is the second consecutive year the average rate...Read More

AARP: Eliminating Long-Term Care Services Will Endanger Vulnerable Washingtonians

On Monday, September 14th, the Department of Health and Human Services released a new budget cut scenario that amounts to a drastic elimination of critical...Read More

Q&A: Leanne Berge on working toward health equity in Washington State

Leanne Berge is the CEO of the Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), Washington’s local not-for-profit Medicaid (Apple Health) and Medicare managed care plan. CHPW...Read More

OFM’s August report on the estimated impact of COVID-19 on Washington State’s health coverage

In its latest report on the impact of COVID-19 on Washington State’s Health Coverage, the Office of Financial Management (OFM) assessed the state’s uninsured rate,...Read More

More than 100,000 Washington residents added to Apple Health (Medicaid) in past four months

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 100,000 Washington residents have enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid), our state’s insurance program for individuals with lower incomes....Read More

Without additional action, experts warn Washington could be in a “Florida-like condition” for COVID-19 spread

Experts warn Washington could be in a “Florida-like condition” if the state doesn’t take action to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The warning came during a...Read More