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WSHA outlines top priorities for $3.5 trillion infrastructure package

| Sep 1, 2021 | Washington

The $3.5 trillion “human” infrastructure package currently in discussion in Congress aims to address health care, education, and tax policies, as well as various other issues. Democrats plan to pass this bill using a process called “budget reconciliation” that will allow them to approve it with only Democratic votes.  ...[ Read More ]

Over 57,000 Washingtonians signed up for health coverage during Special Enrollment Period

| Aug 31, 2021 | Washington

More than 57,000 Washingtonians signed up for health care coverage using Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s insurance marketplace, between Feb. 15 and Aug. 15.  This chunk of time was designated a Special Enrollment Period by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) last February in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,...[ Read More ]

Employee union sues Inslee over strict vaccine mandate

| Aug 30, 2021 | Washington

In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s stringent vaccine mandate announced earlier this month, the Washington Federation of State Employers (WFSE) filed a lawsuit against the governor in Thurston County Superior Court on Thursday in an attempt to stop the mandate from being implemented.      The mandate, which would require...[ Read More ]

$55.6 million grant awarded to Alzheimer’s research study led by University of Washington and Kaiser Permanente Washington

| Aug 27, 2021 | Washington

A long-running research study of dementia onset in older adults, led by the University of Washington, Kaiser Permanente Washington, and the University of California San Diego, has been awarded an estimated $55.6 million grant by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This...[ Read More ]

Competition for medical services in Bellingham restored: AG Ferguson files antitrust consent decree against Bellingham Anesthesia Associates

| Aug 26, 2021 | Washington

In his antitrust consent decree filed today in Whatcom County Superior Court, Attorney General Bob Ferguson will require Bellingham Anesthesia Associates (BAA) to stop requiring local health care providers to sign three-year non-compete contracts, effectively ending the Bellingham medical group’s decades-long monopoly over the local health care market in Whatcom...[ Read More ]

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