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| Apr 19, 2017 | Alaska

We've got a little health policy on our list this month, but April's newsletter is more about the content happening around the policy talk. We are tracking the idea of "re-building trust," the comings and goings of folks in the system, and some interesting collaborations. Next month, we host our...[ Read More ]

California Life Sciences Association Announces Expanded Sacramento & Washington Presence, Adds Three to Advocacy Team

| Apr 19, 2017 | California, Washington

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the state’s premier public policy and business solutions organization representing California’s life sciences sector, today announced a major expansion to its advocacy team, hiring three new government relations directors based in its Sacramento and Washington, D.C. offices, bringing its in-house advocacy staff count to nine...[ Read More ]

Release: WSU and Albertsons Companies Partner to be First in U.S. to Expand Pharmacy Technician Role for Increased Patient Access to Health Care

DJ Wilson | Apr 18, 2017 | Washington

  BOISE, Idaho, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Albertsons Companies, with permission from the Idaho Board of Pharmacy, collaborated on the first pilot program in the U.S. to expand patient access to health care services through immunization training for pharmacy technicians. The...[ Read More ]

Release: The #Fight4OurHealth Continues over the Recess of Resistance

| Apr 17, 2017 | California

  In Addition to Town Hall Events by Reps. Denham, Knight, and LaMalfa, Dozens of Events Planned Throughout the State This Week to Keep Pressure on Lawmakers to #ProtectOurCare SACRAMENTO, CA—This week, consumer and community groups, including Health Access Californian and the #Fight4OurHealth coalition of over 100 organizations throughout our...[ Read More ]

Time to Rebuild the Public Trust: A Q&A with Becky Hultberg, CEO of ASHNHA

DJ Wilson | Apr 17, 2017 | Alaska

Becky Hultberg is the CEO of ASHNHA, one of the state's largest and most important stakeholder voices in health policy.  We conducted this Q&A following a recent MGMA meeting in Anchorage regarding the importance of the health care sector re-building the trust with the public. -------------------------------- DJ: At the Alaska...[ Read More ]

Martin Taylor Chosen to Lead Oregon Nurses Association

| Apr 13, 2017 | Oregon

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) has named Martin Taylor its new executive director, effective June 1, 2017. Taylor has spent the past nine years working with mission-based non-profit companies to improve health care systems and increase Oregonians’ access to high-quality care. Prior to that, he spent 11 years working for...[ Read More ]

TX Insurance Commissioner Mattax passes away from cancer

DJ Wilson | Apr 13, 2017 | Texas

  David Mattax, the Commissioner for the Texas Department of Insurance, passed away this morning.  Commissioner Mattax was 60 years old and died following a bout with cancer. Governor Greg Abbott gave us the following statement. “Today Cecilia and I mourn the loss of a friend, colleague, and distinguished public...[ Read More ]

PeaceHealth Names Richard DeCarlo as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

| Apr 13, 2017 | Alaska, Oregon, Washington

Richard DeCarlo has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health system with nearly 16,000 caregivers and more than 900 providers serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. DeCarlo has more than 25 years of progressive, not-for-profit, mission-based healthcare leadership experience in hospital operations...[ Read More ]

WellCare Names Scott Sivik State President, 'Ohana Health Plan

| Apr 12, 2017 | Hawaii

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, has named Scott Sivik state president of its 'Ohana Health Plan, Inc., based in Hawaii. Sivik has served as the market interim president since September 2016. He reports to David Reynolds, north...[ Read More ]

California legislator pushes for safe injection sites

| Apr 12, 2017 | California

As states attempt to get a handle on the opioid crisis, California lawmaker Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman has an unusual and often criticized approach: safe injection sites. AB 186 would allow specific counties and cities to establish safer drug consumption programs until 2022. The pilot programs would allow people...[ Read More ]