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Washington state responds to House pulling the AHCA

By Erin Fenner | Mar 24, 2017 | Washington

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By Kylie Walsh | Mar 24, 2017 | Washington

Inslee and Kreidler ask Rep. McMorris Rodgers to oppose the AHCA

| Mar 16, 2017 | Washington

Governor Inslee and Insurance Commissioner Kreidler sent a letter to Representative McMorris Rodgers urging her to oppose the American Health Care Act. “We are writing to express our very serious concerns about the devastating impact the House Republican Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace legislation – the American Health...[ Read More ]

Kaiser Permanente to open mental health facility in Sacramento

| Mar 15, 2017 | California

Kaiser Permanente has signed a ten-year lease in downtown Sacramento. Kaiser will occupy the entire fifth floor of a build on G Street. The 17,000 square foot space will be used as a mental health facility. Kaiser has been heavily criticized for its mental health services. The Department of Managed...[ Read More ]

Legislators tackle homeless health in Hawaii

| Mar 14, 2017 | Hawaii

Hawaii had the highest rate of homelessness in the U.S. in 2015, with 53 homeless people for every 10,000 residents. This was a 10 percent increase from 2014, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The national rate was 17 homeless people per 10,000 residents in 2015. In 2016,...[ Read More ]

Sec. Price reminds governors of Section 1332 waivers

| Mar 13, 2017 | Federal

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price sent letters to state governors today reminding them of Section 1332 waivers. Coming after the House GOP revealed their healthcare bill, which has been met with widespread disapproval from both parties, Sec. Price’s letter hints that healthcare reform might be returning to the...[ Read More ]

Senate committee focuses on disclosure of physicians’ probation status

| Mar 13, 2017 | California

The Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee recommends that patients are notified when their physician is placed on probation. The committee is conducting its sunset review of the Medical Board of California and is recommending a change to legislation to ensure patient safety. Last year, Senator Jerry Hill introduced...[ Read More ]

eConsult program a success for providers and patients

| Mar 8, 2017 | California

Los Angeles County launched eConsult back in 2012 to help alleviate long wait times to see specialists. The program allows primary care physicians to get advice from specialists for their patients. A new study published in Health Affairs shows the program’s success. “eConsult systems are a promising and sustainable intervention...[ Read More ]