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Waiver would expand health care coverage to Washingtonians regardless of immigration status

| May 19, 2022 | Washington

Washington State officials are seeking the federal government’s approval for a waiver that would expand health care coverage to residents regardless of their immigration status.     The Washington Benefit Exchange (Exchange) submitted a Section 1332 waiver to the federal government on May 13th. If approved, the waiver will provide...[ Read More ]

In-person learning on track for rest of school year, but Oregon health officials urge mitigation strategies for COVID

| May 18, 2022 | Oregon

While Oregon schools will be operating with in-person learning practices in place through the remainder of the year, health officials urge caution as the COVID-19 BA.2 subvariant continues to spur a rise in cases.     State Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger issued a media briefing on various...[ Read More ]

BA.2 variant pushing a spike in COVID-19 cases in Alaska

| May 18, 2022 | Alaska

The BA.2 variant has become the dominant COVID-19 strain in Alaska, and is pushing a spike in case counts in the state.     Alaska had 1,675 positive COVID cases from May 11th-17th. That was an 11% increase from the previous week (May 4th-10th), in which the state had 1,506...[ Read More ]

Proposed initiative would decriminalize drugs in Washington State

| May 17, 2022 | Washington

The Commit to Change WA coalition recently filed a proposal for an initiative that would decriminalize drugs in Washington State.     Initiative Measure No. 1922 would decriminalize the possession of all illicit drugs in the state. Law enforcement officers would retain the authority to confiscate illicit drugs, and selling...[ Read More ]

Trust grants to support housing for homeless Alaskans suffering from behavioral health issues

| May 16, 2022 | Alaska

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) will distribute $1.55 million in grant funding to support housing projects that will serve homeless Alaskans struggling from behavioral health issues.     Trust awards around $25 million in grant funding each year to organizations that work to support Alaskans whose needs fall...[ Read More ]

Q&A: HMA consultant discusses Alaska’s substance addiction issues

| May 16, 2022 | Alaska

Lindsey Kato is a Senior Consultant at Health Management Associates (HMA). Throughout her career, she has worked in the substance abuse, drug overdose, and suicide prevention fields. Most recently, she helped lead efforts to establish the National Overdose Response Strategy (ORS), a program funded by CDC and the Office of...[ Read More ]