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Insurance Commissioner releases 2020 legislative priorities

| Aug 23, 2019 | Washington

On Friday, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler released his 2020 Legislative Priorities: Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) separate account The Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) was created by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) in 2006 to investigate criminal insurance fraud in Washington state and keep insurance costs low for all lines of...[ Read More ]

Washington state to exit Title X family planning program

Emily Boerger | Aug 23, 2019 | Washington

The Washington Department of Health announced on Thursday it will exit the Title X family planning program, following the Trump Administration’s rule restricting abortion services.  In June 2018, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department published a proposed set of changes to the Title X family planning program. The new...[ Read More ]

2019 Los Angeles State of Reform Detailed Agenda is now available!

Laura Lundberg | Aug 23, 2019 | California

The full Detailed Agenda for the 2019 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference on September 18th is now available! We have carefully crafted these panel topics after a long process of stakeholder engagement that has helped us zero in on the health care policy topics most important and...[ Read More ]

Washington becomes second state to implement health care transaction reporting requirements

Emily Viles | Aug 22, 2019 | Washington

Beginning January 1, 2020, certain health care transactions will be subject to mandatory reporting to the attorney general. These new reporting requirements are a result of a bill passed this legislative session, and signed into law this spring. HB 1607 attempts to provide more competition in the market.     ...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Kitzhaber, Hultberg, Prov/CareOR deal

| Aug 22, 2019 | Oregon

It's been a transformational last few weeks for Oregon health care. From personnel changes to organizational shifts, we cover some of that below - and we don't even touch on the clash between Centene and Portland-area hospitals...   With help from Emily Boerger     1. “Don Quixote” goes to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Sen. Gene Davis, Medicaid expansion, New ambulatory care clinic

| Aug 22, 2019 | Utah

In this time of national economic expansion, it feels like we should be making more progress on the big issues we face together as Americans.  With yield curves inverting, a recession feels like it looms ahead, cutting our collective margin for error. However, in my rare moments of cynicism, I'm reminded...[ Read More ]

Health care funds restored and vetoed in Dunleavy’s final budget decision

Emily Boerger | Aug 21, 2019 | Alaska

On Monday, Governor Dunleavy announced his final decisions on the state operating budget through the enactment and line-item vetoes in HB 2001. Back in June, Dunleavy signed the state operating budget while announcing over $400 million in line-item vetoes -- many of them related to health and social services. During...[ Read More ]

New Amerigroup Texas Medicaid Benefit Allows Consumers to Access Healthcare via Telehealth at No Cost

| Aug 21, 2019 | Texas

Amerigroup Texas is now offering Medicaid consumers the option to access medical and behavioral healthcare providers through telehealth visits at no cost. On Aug. 1, Amerigroup Texas launched a new Medicaid benefit that allows eligible consumers to log into LiveHealth Online through a smartphone, tablet or computer that has a...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Dr. Scott Miscovich on the new Kaneohe Joint Outreach Center

Emily Boerger | Aug 21, 2019 | Hawaii

The new Kaneohe Joint Outreach Center opened this week to serve individuals experiencing homelessness on the Windward side of Oahu. The medical clinic, which is operated by Hawaii Homeless Healthcare Hui (H4), will provide walk-in medical services, social services, referrals for mental health and drug abuse treatments, as well as...[ Read More ]

Project aims to boost care for opioid use among homeless in four sites in Washington

| Aug 21, 2019 | Washington

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) today announced the Meds-First Initiative that expands an innovative approach to treating opioid-use disorder for high-acuity populations to four locations in Washington. The treatment sites are located across the state in North Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma...[ Read More ]

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