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Two Oregon health bills discussed in committee

| Feb 7, 2022 | Oregon

Two health bills that could dramatically impact health outcomes were discussed during a Feb. 2 meeting of the Oregon House Committee on Health Care.  The first of the health bills , HB 4052, would require the Oregon Health Authority to provide grants to operate two culturally and linguistically-specific mobile health...[ Read More ]

A conversation on Beacon's CBRA housing program

| Feb 2, 2022 | Washington

In recent years there has been a greater focus on addressing housing as a social determinant of health, and Beacon Health Options last year started a new program to provide housing assistance.  The program, called the Community Behavioral Health Rental Assistance Program (CBRA), is funded by the Washington State Department...[ Read More ]

Online benefits filing bill passes Alaska Senate committee

| Feb 2, 2022 | Alaska

A bill designed to allow Alaskans to apply for benefits online has been passed out of the Senate Health and Social Services Committee.  The bill, HB 168, cleared the House last session, but was awaiting a hearing in the Senate committee, which approved it 4-1 during a Jan. 1 meeting....[ Read More ]

Astria Sunnyside Hospital recognized for antibiotic stewardship

| Feb 2, 2022 | Washington

Today, the federal Office of Rural Health Policy recognized Astria Sunnyside Hospital as one of the nation’s leading crisis access hospitals for antibody stewardship.  In particular, the recognition is for tracking, measuring and managing broad spectrum antibiotics, like Augmentin. Broad spectrum antibiotics are popular and effective at treating bacterial infections...[ Read More ]

Oregon Democrats release 2022 legislative agendas

| Feb 1, 2022 | Oregon

Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate have released their policy focus statements, charting the course for this year’s short legislative session.  Bolstering the health care system and increasing access, as well as focusing on economic recovery were shared points of interest. Democratic Senators released their priorities on Feb. 1,...[ Read More ]

Certified peer specialist bill passes House committee

| Jan 31, 2022 | Washington

A bill that's designed to lower barriers for peer specialists to receive certification, and consequently be reimbursed through Medicaid, passed the Washington State House Health Health Care and Wellness Committee with a do-pass recommendation. Peer specialists are people who help others recover from substance addiction and other behavioral health issues....[ Read More ]