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Sutter Health and Aetna to establish new health plan in Northern California

| Jun 22, 2017 | California

Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health care system in Northern California, and Aetna announced plans to launch a jointly owned health plan. This new collaboration, the first of its kind in Northern California, will bring together Sutter Health’s network of nationally recognized, high-quality doctors and hospitals with Aetna’s leading health plan...[ Read More ]

Sen. Cruz: We must deliver on our promise to repeal Obamacare and lower healthcare costs

| Jun 22, 2017 | Texas

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act, introduced today by the U.S. Senate: Four months ago, I joined with a group of five other senators with very different perspectives on health care policy - representative of the full spectrum of the Republican...[ Read More ]

AHCA, Juneau, Beth Johnson

| Jun 22, 2017 | Alaska

These are "interesting times," indeed. We focus this issue primarily on the AHCA, but we can't overlook Juneau or thoughtful voices working towards innovation and collaboration in Alaska's health care system. It's "What We're Watching" in Alaska health care. 1.  Senate version of the AHCA is out Here are a...[ Read More ]

Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee on the AHCA

| Jun 22, 2017 | California

Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee issued a statement today regarding the Senate health care bill released today. At first blush, it would not only provide far skimpier health coverage than what's offered today, but millions of people would have no coverage at all. While it appears that the...[ Read More ]

Senate "discussion draft" health care bill would leave hundreds of thousands of Washington residents without access to health care coverage

| Jun 22, 2017 | Washington

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) strongly criticized the Senate’s health care reform bill, released today. “Everyone talks about a better health care system, but the Senate’s bill, like the House’s, purposefully limits health coverage for hundreds of thousands of people in Washington state,” WSHA President and CEO Cassie Sauer...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Congressional Delegation Leads Effort to Restore Health Care Access for FAS Citizens

| Jun 22, 2017 | Hawaii

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Representatives Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard introduced legislation to reinstate Medicaid coverage for Freely Associated States (FAS) citizens living in the United States. The Covering our FAS Allies (COFA) Act would restore Medicaid coverage, known in Hawaii as Med-QUEST, for FAS citizens....[ Read More ]

Governor Walker’s Statement on Senate Health Care Bill

| Jun 22, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker released the following statement today on the discussion draft of the Senate Republican health care bill: Alaskans pay the highest health care premiums in the country. In the Lower 48, a medical emergency typically means a $400 ambulance ride. In Alaska, it often means a $50,000 medevac....[ Read More ]

Walla Walla General Hospital's transfer of services to Providence halted

| Jun 22, 2017 | Washington

A new development has brought an end to Adventist Health’s efforts to transfer control of Walla Walla General Hospital’s services to Providence Health & Services—an initiative they jointly announced on April 3 and that both organizations had hoped to achieve by midsummer. Adventist Health received word that unexpected regulatory challenges...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Paul Ciechanowski

Kylie Walsh | Jun 22, 2017 | Oregon

Paul Ciechanowski, chief medical officer and founder of Samepage, joins us in this edition of What They're Watching to discuss whole patient health. There’s a tremendous focus on behavioral health. It’s wonderful. As a psychiatrist who started out in family medicine, I’m so thrilled. But sometimes unwittingly we focus too...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker signs legislation to insure dependents of fallen peace officers and firefighters

| Jun 21, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker today signed legislation to ease the financial burden of families and dependents of peace officers and firefighters who make the ultimate sacrifice. House Bill 23 is the culmination of years of effort by advocates, loved ones, and community members—and provides continued health insurance coverage for the surviving...[ Read More ]