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Senate Labor, Commerce and Tribal Affairs Committee hears testimony on SB 5115 “HELSA”

On Monday, the Washington Senate Labor, Commerce and Tribal Affairs Committee heard testimony on SB 5115, the Health Emergency Labor Standards Act or (HELSA). The...Read More

How DOH selected the health care capacity metrics in Gov. Inslee’s reopening plan

In a Tuesday work session, members of the Senate Business, Financial Services & Trade Committee questioned the Department of Health’s (DOH) Lacy Fehrenbach, Deputy Secretary...Read More

Q&A: Manka Dhingra makes the case for three behavioral health bills headed to executive session

Senator Manka Dhingra is the Chair of the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care. Today, the Committee held public hearings for...Read More

King County Council will provide funding to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations

The King County Council announced today that it will provide $7 million in funding to speed up the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The funds will...Read More

Frockt and Stokesbary discuss health care financing heading into 2021 session

Sen. David Frockt (Vice Chair Senate Ways and Means Committee) and Rep. Drew Stokesbary (Ranking Member, House Appropriations Committee) agree that Washington State’s health care...Read More

Q&A: Senator Karen Keiser on health policy in 2021

Senator Karen Keiser represents Washington’s 33rd Legislative District, which contains cities south of Seattle, including Des Moines, Seatac, Kent, and Burien. She presides over the...Read More

Seven health advisory committee members resign over lack of trust in Administrator Amelia Clark

In a letter sent Sunday, seven members of Spokane’s Health Advisory Committee announced their resignations due to a lack of trust in Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD)...Read More

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