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What to watch during Oregon's Committee Days next week

| Jan 7, 2022 | Oregon

The Oregon Legislature kicks off its 2022 session preparation next week with Committee Days, where lawmakers are briefed and updated on issues ranging from health care and education to finances. State of Reform will cover several panels, as health care, behavioral health, COVID-19, and prescription drug prices are all on...[ Read More ]

Democrats, Republicans outline 2022 health care priorities

| Jan 7, 2022 | Washington

Legislators from both parties met virtually on Jan. 6 at the 2022 Washington State of Reform Health Policy conference to discuss their health care priorities ahead of the legislative session.  The 2022 session begins on Monday, and while it is a short one, there are a number of bills already...[ Read More ]

Inslee to expand at-home testing

| Jan 5, 2022 | Washington

In the face of an exploding wave of COVID-19 infections, driven by the highly-contagious omicron variant, Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state is acquiring 5.5 million at-home tests for residents. The state currently has 800,000 tests on hand, and expects an additional 2 million by Friday. Another 2 million...[ Read More ]

Report: Alaska health care jobs projected to increase

| Jan 5, 2022 | Alaska

The 2022 Alaska Economic Trends report was released this month, and includes forecasting for health care jobs statewide.  The report was developed by the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In an address, Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter said the economic signs look promising for the months to come, and throughout...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Dr. Francis Mercado on deferred care

| Jan 4, 2022 | Washington

Dr. Francis Mercado is the associate chief medical officer of primary care for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. State of Reform spoke with him to discuss deferred care due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact it has on both patients and health care systems.      Aaron Kunkler: How is...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Andrea Salinas on 2022 legislative priorities

| Jan 4, 2022 | Oregon

Rep. Andrea Salinas is the vice-chair of the House Interim Committee on Health Care. State of Reform spoke with her to hear her health care priorities for the upcoming 2022 legislative session, which include continuing discussions on creating a public option, and addressing racism as a public health crisis.   ...[ Read More ]