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Bipartisan group of governors issue statement on protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions

Kylie Walsh | Jun 18, 2018 | Federal

Today, a bipartisan group of governors issued the following statement in response to proposed changes in health care policy for those with pre-existing conditions. Everyone in this country deserves access to affordable, quality health insurance. The Administration's disappointing decision to no longer defend this provision of federal law threatens health...[ Read More ]

California legislature advances preschool mental health services bill

| Jun 18, 2018 | California

Assemblymember Blanca Rubio’s bill to provide mental health services to preschool age children continues to progress through the Senate. The bill would provide mental health consultation services to children up to the age of 5 in preschool programs or in a general child care and development program. The cost of...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Jeffrey Lewis, Legacy Health Endowment

Kylie Walsh | Jun 18, 2018 | California

Jeffrey Lewis is the President and CEO of Legacy Health Endowment, which works to create sustainable health care solutions in Stanislaus and Merced Counties through philanthropy. He joins us in the episode of "What They're Watching" to talk about how Legacy Health Endowment is addressing the provider shortage. I run...[ Read More ]

Blue Shield of California and California Medical Association collaborate to build health care model of the future

| Jun 15, 2018 | California

Blue Shield of California and the California Medical Association (CMA) today announced a multi-year collaboration to develop and support a new health care model that gives Californians access to quality, comprehensive and sustainably affordable care that improves the health of individuals and their communities. Blue Shield will invest $30 million...[ Read More ]

Charity care amounts falling, but reason is debated

Marjie High | Jun 15, 2018 | California

A California Nurses Association analysis of hospital financial data released this week show a drop in the overall amount of charity care relief provided by California non-profit hospitals. Since 2011, total charity care has fallen from almost $1 billion dollars to $650 million, a reduction of 33.9 percent. Under federal...[ Read More ]

New Director named at Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services

| Jun 15, 2018 | Alaska

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has appointed Natasha Pineda as the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services. “We’re excited to have Natasha join the Municipality and are interested in supercharging the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Municipal Manager Bill Falsey. Natasha Pineda will take over...[ Read More ]

Two-thirds of those surveyed feel Texas isn't doing enough to ensure access to care

Marjie High | Jun 14, 2018 | Texas

A new survey released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation, found that over two-thirds of Texans surveyed feel that the state is not doing enough to ensure access to health care for low-income adults. The survey sought to determine Texans’ views on health care in...[ Read More ]

DSHS announces leadership updates for Western State Hospital

| Jun 14, 2018 | Washington

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has named David L. Holt as interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Western State Hospital. He begins his official capacity in this role July 7, 2018. Holt is replacing Dr. Marylouise Jones, who announced last week she was departing Western to pursue...[ Read More ]

Three takeaways from United's MCO proposal

| Jun 14, 2018 | Alaska

At the beginning of the month, DHSS posted its Notice of Intent to award the Managed Care Organization (MCO) contract to UnitedHealthcare as part of the Medicaid Coordinated Care Demonstration Project. Like all health policy wonks, I read through all 93 pages of United’s proposal and found three key takeaways....[ Read More ]

Email: Navos and Community Psychiatric Clinic to merge

| Jun 14, 2018 | Washington

Today Navos CEO David Johnson sent the following email notifying members of the King County health care community that Navos and Community Psychiatric Clinic are merging. To our King County Colleagues, Navos and Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) are pleased to announce that we will be merging our organizations effective November 1, 2018....[ Read More ]