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Governor Inslee names current DSHS Secretary Cheryl Strange as new DOC secretary

| May 3, 2021 | Washington

Governor Jay Inslee announced Thursday he would name Cheryl Strange secretary of Washington’s Department of Corrections (DOC). She will replace Steve Sinclair who announced his retirement in January.     Strange is currently the secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in the state. She has been...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Legislature adjorns Sine Die, here are the health bills that passed

| Apr 30, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Legislature adjourned the 2021 Legislature sine die Thursday, following a condensed 55 legislative day session. During the session the legislature passed 270 bills.     House Speaker Scott Saiki convened the 2021 legislative session in the House with three priorities: addressing the budget shortfall, maintaining public health and...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Senate Majority Leader resigns citing long-term symptoms of COVID

| Apr 28, 2021 | Hawaii

Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English announced Tuesday he will retire from the Hawaii State Senate, citing lingering symptoms from a COVID-19 infection he received while out of state.     This mid-term retirement means Gov. David Ige has 60 days to appoint a replacement, after receiving three names sent...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Representative Eileen Cody on the 2021 session

| Apr 28, 2021 | Washington

Representative Eileen Cody was raised on her family’s farm in Iowa. After earning her associate’s and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Cody began a 40 year career in nursing at Kaiser Permanente in Seattle. In addition to her work at Kaiser Permanente, Cody is a founding member of...[ Read More ]

Video: California leaders discuss outcomes and inconsistencies in health equity

| Apr 28, 2021 | California

At last week’s “Outcomes and Inconsistencies in Health Equity” panel at the 2021 Northern California State of Reform Health policy conference, California leaders examined the moral implications of this bitter truth and investigated how our system can do better by our neighbors and community members.     This panel, moderated...[ Read More ]

"I am an immigrant and I don't get any benefits"— Three women discuss how their immigration status affects their health

| Apr 28, 2021 | Washington

In March 2020, Noemi’s husband lost his job. He was not alone in that job loss, with just over 700,000 jobs lost that month across the country. But the loss of his job represented not only the loss of income, but also the loss of health insurance. Insurance that he...[ Read More ]

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