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July saw even higher opioid overdoses in Washington State

| Aug 12, 2021 | Washington

Overdoses are on the rise in Washington State, and could break another record this year as the powerful opioid fentanyl continues to work its way through the drug supply. Early data shows there were 418 overdose deaths in the first three months of 2021, compared to 378 during the first...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Sen. Patty Kuderer thinking about housing, guns, courts bills for 2022 session

| Aug 9, 2021 | Washington

Sen. Patty Kuderer represents the 48th Legislative District and serves as Chair of the Senate Housing Stability & Affordability Committee. The Washington State Wire, State of Reform's sister site, talked with Sen. Kuderer about what’s on her mind ahead of the 2022 session, including housing and rental relief bills, gun...[ Read More ]

COVID numbers increasing in Washington

| Aug 9, 2021 | Washington

Cases of COVID-19 have been increasing across the country and in Washington state in what is being labeled as the fifth wave of the pandemic.  According to the Washington State Department of Health, as of Aug. 5, the seven day rolling average for COVID-19 cases was 1,527, roughly where it...[ Read More ]

Apple Health dental reimbursement rates increase

| Aug 6, 2021 | Washington

Reimbursement rates for almost all services covered by Apple Health increased by 100% on July 1.  During the 2021 legislative session, Washington state lawmakers set aside $76 million in its 2021-23 budget to improve access to care through increased fee-for-service reimbursement rates for serving adult dental Medicaid patients.    ...[ Read More ]

ADHS director steps down to take on Blue Cross role

| Jul 28, 2021 | Arizona

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Director Dr. Cara Christ will leave her position on Aug. 27 for a leadership role as chief medical officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.  The news was announced in a press release from Gov. Doug Ducey’s office, in which he said Christ...[ Read More ]

Washington stakeholders discuss audio-only telemedicine rules

| Jul 12, 2021 | Washington

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) held a stakeholder meeting on new rules requiring health plans to reimburse for audio-only telemedicine services on July 12.  Stakeholders voiced concerns over language in ESHB 1196 -- particularly relating to what they felt could be restrictions on where services could...[ Read More ]

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