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Senator Green: Improve Obamacare, don’t repeal it

| Jul 18, 2017 | Hawaii

Hawaii has long been a health care leader. In 1974 the landmark Prepaid Healthcare Act was passed by the Hawaii Legislature enabled us to insure most of our citizens by mandating that any working individual (more than 20 hours per week) received employer-sponsored health insurance. Since that time, Hawaii has...[ Read More ]

Statement from Bipartisan group of Governors on U.S. Senate health care bill

Kylie Walsh | Jul 18, 2017 | Federal

Today, a bipartisan group of governors issued the following statement in response to recent developments and proposed changes to the Senate health care bill. Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of...[ Read More ]

UC Davis leaves Western Health Advantage network

| Jul 14, 2017 | California

UC Davis Health System is withdrawing from Western Health Advantage’s primary care network. University of California Board of Regents’ Health Services Committee approved UC Davis’ proposed membership withdrawal from WHA on June 21. UC Davis co-owned the health plan with Dignity Health and NorthBay Healthcare. The three organizations founded WHA...[ Read More ]

SEARHC awarded $900K for prevention programs on Prince of Wales

| Jul 14, 2017 | Alaska

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded SEARHC $300,000 a year for the next three years for the Prince of Wales Health Network (POWHN) under the Rural Health Network Development Program. Five healthcare stakeholders on Prince of Wales (POW) make up...[ Read More ]

Memo: Hawaii Legislature scheduled for special session

| Jul 14, 2017 | Hawaii

Senate President Ron Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki sent a memo last week to the Hawaii Legislature, alerting them to a special session tentatively scheduled for late August. This comes after they sent a letter to the Federal Transit Administration in June announcing their intentions for a special session...[ Read More ]

Governor Ige convenes multi-department opioid abuse prevention initiative

| Jul 13, 2017 | Hawaii

Hawaiʻi currently ranks 43rd in the nation in drug overdose deaths. The rank has remained steady over the past six years, even though drug overdose rates continue to rise across the nation. Drug overdose remains the leading form of injury-related deaths for Hawaiʻi residents. It currently accounts for 23 percent...[ Read More ]

Senate's updated BCRA, Providence, Jorge Rivera

| Jul 13, 2017 | Washington

I read some of Thomas Paine's writings over the 4th of July, and I couldn't help but think this famous quote is a great fit for the state of health policy today: "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Jorge Rivera

Kylie Walsh | Jul 13, 2017 | Washington

Jorge Rivera, director of community engagement at Molina Healthcare, joins us in this edition of What They're Watching to talk about improving and expanding access to care. The one thing that we're doing right now that has us very excited is really improving access to care to our virtual care...[ Read More ]

Regence BlueShield appoints Tim Lieb as President in Washington

| Jul 13, 2017 | Washington

Today, Regence BlueShield announced that Tim Lieb will lead the company’s health plan in Washington as market president. With over two decades of industry experience in Seattle, Tim has served as interim market president of Regence BlueShield since March, in addition to his primary role as vice president of sales....[ Read More ]

California DHCS, HHSA faces discrimination suit over Medi-Cal

| Jul 13, 2017 | California

Advocates have filed a discrimination suit against California’s Health and Human Services Agency and California’s Department of Health Care Services, alleging that Medi-Cal violates enrollees’ civil rights. The suit was filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, and the law...[ Read More ]