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Mental health of Washington students, educators at risk as pandemic continues

| Oct 20, 2021 | Washington

Mental and emotional pressures stemming from the pandemic have been building for young people, frontline workers, and educators as Washington State is trying to measure its impact.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Strike Team has been charting the emotional response people have to...[ Read More ]

Report: Treating uninsured, complex Covid costs more than $334k in Washington

| Oct 19, 2021 | Washington

It costs $334,224 to pay for uninsured complex inpatient treatment for COVID-19 in Washington State, which is one of the highest rates in the country.  A new dashboard created by FAIR Health outlines costs of both in- and out-of-network charges for different levels of COVID treatment on a state-by-state level....[ Read More ]

Premera sues GS Labs, alleging COVID test price gouging

| Oct 14, 2021 | Washington

Premera Blue Cross is suing a COVID testing company, alleging that the lab attempted to exploit the pandemic through price gouging for its services.  GS Labs is the subject of the lawsuit filed on Oct. 14 in Western Washington District Court. The Nebraska-based lab system was established in January 2020,...[ Read More ]

Excess deaths higher among Black, Indigenous and Latino adults during 2020

| Oct 13, 2021 | Federal

Excess deaths have been more than twice as high among Black, American Indian/Alaska Native and Latino adults during the pandemic than their white and Asian peers.  That’s according to a surveillance study published by the National Cancer Institute on Oct. 5, which calculated excess deaths in the U.S. between March...[ Read More ]

Increasing health equity in Alaska

| Oct 12, 2021 | Alaska

Creating greater health equity in Alaska will require more specific data collection, and creating a seat at decision-making tables for historically marginalized people. That’s according to a panel discussion on equity held during 2021 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. The need to create more equitable health outcomes has...[ Read More ]

Changes to WA Cares Fund likely next session

| Sep 15, 2021 | Washington

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expect to see changes to the WA Cares Fund in the 2022 session as they try to ensure the program’s financial viability and fairness. The fund was established by the Legislature in 2019, and levies a 58 cents per $100 payroll tax, which...[ Read More ]

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