Almost Half A Billion Off: Health Care Authority Budgeting Goofs Rankle

Almost Half A Billion Off: Health Care Authority Budgeting Goofs Rankle

State lawmakers will have to fit a total of $463 million in miscalculations by the state Health Care Authority (HCA) into this year’s supplemental...
Data Visualization: Key Washington State Public Health Indicators

Data Visualization: Key Washington State Public Health Indicators

Washington state employers are attuned to public health indicators which reveal insights into the regions where their workforces reside. If certain health problems and...
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Adopting a national model for insurance companies

Under a new bill, insurance companies would be required to follow a national framework for managing and reporting their business activity. Proponents of SB 5069...
Telehealth Growing, But Needs A Boost

Telehealth Growing, But Needs A Boost

Over the next 10 to 15 years, Washington is expected to face a shortage of 3,000 to 4,000 doctors and 24,000 registered nurses. Already,...
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Individual provider bill controversial

Lawmakers opposed to SB 6911 are arguing the bill would take away the freedom of choice for individual home care providers when considering whether...
Critics: Washington Healthcare Authority, Exchange Still Need To Shape Up

Critics: Washington Health Care Authority, Exchange Still Need To Shape Up

The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) administers the state Medicaid program, Apple Health. The Washington healthcare insurance marketplace, or "exchange," is called Healthplanfinder. It...
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House divided over individual provider bill

Lawmakers proved unwavering while discussing the passage of SB 6199 during House floor debate. There was a clear divide between Republicans and Democrats, with...
Reversing The ACA Meltdown: More Power To The People

Reversing The ACA Meltdown: More Power To The People

An estimated 29,000 Washingtonians purchasing individual health plans will have to choose between one or two insurers within the state healthcare exchange for 2017,...
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Charting a course to private health care coverage

Lawmakers have approved a measure which would guarantee individual market health care coverage in all counties in Washington, regardless of whether or not a...
Free Markets Versus Intervention: Murray, Vance Square Off In First Debate

Free Markets Versus Intervention: Murray, Vance Square Off In First Debate

In a debate hosted by Gonzaga University this week, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) and Republican challenger Chris Vance promoted distinct visions of how to grow...
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Seeking solutions to healthcare employment issues

Employers in Washington’s healthcare sector are struggling with the employment pipeline and retainment, especially in rural areas. Representatives from the sector are now recommending...
2017 Launch Eyed For Washington Consumer Database On Medical Procedures

2017 Launch Eyed For Washington Consumer Database On Medical Procedures

Washington state is making progress on a planned All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) that officials now say could be ready by Fall 2017. State legislators and other stakeholders agree the state's APCD would...
One step closer to socialized medicine?

One step closer to socialized medicine?

In a 57-41 vote on Mar. 8, the Washington House approved ESSHB 1523 after an extended and heated discussion that at one point caused...
Washington's Consumer Database On Medical Costs Faces Fiscal Challenge

Washington’s Consumer Database On Medical Costs Faces Fiscal Challenge

As Washington state prepares for the fall 2017 launch of its public-facing database on comparative costs and quality of different medical procedures, some of...
Health care bill clears House

Health care bill clears House

The Washington House voted 53-38 on April 10 in favor of a Senate bill purported to lower health care costs, while detractors argued prior...
Inviting Skilled Medical Practitioners To Washington

Inviting Skilled Medical Practitioners To Washington

A measure that would join Washington with 18 other states in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was met with favorable testimony in the a...
Healthcare “standardized” plan proposal passes

Healthcare “standardized” plan proposal passes

The Washington state lawmakers in the final days of session approved legislation intended to lower healthcare costs, but opponents say it will have the...
Paving The Way For Top-Notch Physicians

Paving The Way For Top-Notch Physicians

A bill requiring Washington to join an interstate compact offering streamlined physician licenses is well on its way to becoming law. As of Wednesday,...
Contemplating a single-payer system

Contemplating a single-payer system

Washington state lawmakers this session considered several bills intended to reduce healthcare costs. However, while the approach focuses on capping the rates by health...
State's All-Payer Claims Database Still Far Short Of Lift-Off

State’s All-Payer Claims Database Still Far Short Of Lift-Off

An All-Payer Claims Database for Washington sounded like such a good idea. After approving a constrained version of one in 2014, lawmakers approved plans...

Washington Becomes 5th State to Mandate Paid Family and Medical Leave

10 years after the Washington legislature first approved a framework without a clear plan for implementation, Governor Jay Inslee has signed a bill into...
Single-payer system would require $28 billion in new taxes

Single-payer system would require $28 billion in new taxes

This year the state legislature passed SB 5526 which created a standardized health plan through the public health care exchange. Business and industry groups opposed...
Prescribing Good Medicine For A Troubled Healthcare System, In Both Washingtons

Prescribing Good Medicine For A Troubled Healthcare System, In Both Washingtons

Although the percent of Washingtonians without health insurance has dropped from 14.5 percent in 2012 to 7.3 percent in 2014, simply finding coverage isn’t...
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Business stakeholders wary of reinsurance bill

Business representatives are voicing concerns that a new bill related to health care reinsurance would mean yet another cost burden on small businesses and...
Premera announces rural healthcare access grants

Premera announces rural healthcare access grants

Healthcare insurance provider Premera has announced an investment of $10.5 million in grants over four years to Washington State University’s (WSU) community-based medical school...
Obama's Public Option Panned

Obama’s Public Option Panned

Concerned about consumer costs and under-enrollment, President Obama is asking Congress to consider a public option to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It would...

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