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Hawaii Senate Health Committee hears testimony on a bill on prescription drug price transparency

| Feb 15, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Senate Health Committee heard testimony on SB 605 on Wednesday. This bill, titled “Relating to Prescription Drugs,” received supportive testimony from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Hawaii and the Hawaii Primary Care Association (HPCA). The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) testified in opposition to...[ Read More ]

Washington Senate Health Committee holds executive session on RX Prices, Covered Life Assessment and Telehealth Bills

| Feb 12, 2021 | Washington

The Senate Health and Long Term Care committee held executive sessions on multiple bills on Thursday. The highlights include bills on establishing a covered lives assessment, prescription drug price increases and telemedicine.     Senate Bill 5149 would establish a covered lives assessment for the purpose of funding the Foundational...[ Read More ]

Gov. Inslee loosens COVID-19 restrictions for most counties in Washington

| Feb 11, 2021 | Washington

Governor Jay Inslee announced Thursday that five of the eight regions in his reopening plan will advance to the second phase of reopening on Sunday.     The  East, North, North Central, Northwest and Southwest regions will advance to the second phase. The West and Puget Sound regions will remain...[ Read More ]

Budget proposals from health agencies and an update from Covered California in Senate Budget Subcommittee on HHS

| Feb 11, 2021 | California

The California Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services heard testimony on the budget from several agencies. The testimony included proposed changes to the governor’s budget to support new programs and continued expenses that were not originally provided for in the budget. The agencies included the California Health...[ Read More ]

A California Public Health Coalition tells legislators: "We can't wait until the next pandemic to invest in public health"

| Feb 9, 2021 | California

A coalition of California public health officials, workers and advocates sent a letter to legislators requesting the continued investment of $200 million a year to address what they call “the erosion of the public health workforce and infrastructure.”      The coalition includes the California State Council of the Service...[ Read More ]

Healthy Alaskans releases scorecards on Alaska's health progress in 2020, sets improvement plan for next decade

| Feb 9, 2021 | Alaska

Healthy Alaskans has released health data on how well Alaska has done in 2020 in improving the health of Alaskans throughout the state. This scorecard showed that Alaska has met the target or improved on 12 of its 25 health goals. Healthy Alaskans has also finalized their new state health...[ Read More ]

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