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Washington state responds to House pulling the AHCA

Erin Fenner | Mar 24, 2017 | Washington

This article was crossposted from the Washington State Wire, a state politics news site.  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 needed 216 votes to pass the legislation that would repeal the...[ Read More ]

Death with dignity bill dies in House Health Committee

| Mar 24, 2017 | Hawaii

The House Health Committee has tabled the controversial Death with Dignity bill, making it unlikely to pass this session. The bill passed the Senate with a 22-3 vote after two amendments but was unable to pass through the House. The bill was modeled after Oregon’s death with dignity act, which...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Cassie Sauer

Kylie Walsh | Mar 24, 2017 | Washington

Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, joins us in this edition of What They're Watching to discuss the need of keeping coverage for patients. We are very much focused on maintaining access to care for the 750,000 people who gained insurance as a result of the Affordable...[ Read More ]

Letter: new WEA Select Medical program offering

, | Mar 24, 2017 | Washington

Dear WEA leaders, As you know, last June the WEA Board approved conducting a market evaluation of our WEA Select Medical Plan to ensure that the program we endorse continues to meet the needs of our members and plan participants for years to come. Over the past several years health...[ Read More ]

The war against freestanding ERs continues

| Mar 24, 2017 | Texas

We said previously there was a veritable "war against freestanding ERs" taking place as part of this year's legislative session in Austin. Not only is that fight continuing, it shows all the signs of spilling over past the legislative session, regardless of how various pieces of legislation targeting the industry...[ Read More ]

Guest column: Independence and free market under attack in Texas

| Mar 23, 2017 | Texas

Editor's note: Dr. de Moor contacted us after our recent coverage of the freestanding ER issue in the Texas legislature. We invited her to submit a column to provide additional perspective from freestanding ER practitioners. State of Reform strives to be a neutral venue -- both at our conferences and our...[ Read More ]

What happened to the AHCA vote?

| Mar 23, 2017 | Federal

UPDATE: The coverage below was written after the first scheduled AHCA vote that didn't happen on Thursday, March 23. The key points about why the vote wasn't happening and what addressing health care policy will be so difficult for Congressional Republicans still holds after they pulled the bill from the House...[ Read More ]

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

Erin Fenner | Mar 23, 2017 | Washington

Washington state GOP leaders have been saying they'll wait-and-see what Congress passes into law to reform health care, before rushing to judgement. Though state Democrats have offered judgement on policy proposals, they're in a similar spot when it comes to state actions or reactions to federal policy. They have to...[ Read More ]

Sen. Murkowski on the AHCA: “This is a flawed replacement.”

| Mar 23, 2017 | Alaska

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski hosted a virtual town hall about healthcare today. The town hall began shortly after the House announced that it would not be voting on the AHCA tonight. Sen. Murkowski reiterated her concerns about the bill in its current form and reform in general. “First off, I...[ Read More ]

Funding wish list includes the other things that make us healthy

| Mar 23, 2017 | Hawaii

There’s an increasing awareness that clinical care is a relatively minor contributor to a person’s health status. Studies show that poor health is more commonly related to poverty, poor education, environmental factors, and chronic discrimination and stress.  Countries that invest more in social services and education have healthier populations and...[ Read More ]