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WA: 7 observations from the House budget on health care

DJ Wilson | Mar 25, 2019 | Washington

Report: A comparison of premium growth and enrollment in state-based exchanges

Emily Boerger | Mar 19, 2019 | California, Washington

Senate passes host of health care bills ahead of cutoff

Emily Boerger | Mar 15, 2019 | Washington

On the final day for the Legislature to pass non-budget-related bills out of their house of origin, the Senate passed 16 health care-related bills – reinforcing the notion that this is a consequential year for health legislation. The bills take action on a broad range of health care issues, from...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Meg Jones, Executive Director of the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans on public option bills

Sara Gentzler | Mar 15, 2019 | Washington

Meg Jones is the Executive Director of the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans, an advocacy organization representing all major health plans offered across the state, carriers that offer plans on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, and carriers with Managed Care Organization contracts via the Health Care Authority. For this Q&A,...[ Read More ]

Kreidler to review affiliation request from Cambia, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

| Mar 12, 2019 | Washington

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued the following statement about the plan from Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina: “Cambia Health Solutions and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina have notified me that they plan to merge operations and administrative functions, while continuing to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A with Sen. O'Ban, Legislative Update, Beth Johnson

| Mar 12, 2019 | Washington

It's day 58 of the 2019 Washington State legislature - one that will go down as a big session for health care in a way that few people may have fully appreciated at the start of the new year. It's certainly one of the things we're watching this month in...[ Read More ]

Regence and Northwest Medical Specialties announce value-based cancer care partnership

Emily Boerger | Mar 12, 2019 | Washington

Regence BlueShield recently announced a value-based agreement with Northwest Medical Specialties (NWMS) centered around cancer care. The agreement will incentivize NWMS’s care for Regence BlueShield members based on measurements of “patient satisfaction, patient experience and patient outcomes” according to a press release announcing the partnership. The value-based agreement will apply...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Beth Johnson, Coordinated Care

Emily Boerger | Mar 8, 2019 | Washington

Beth Johnson is the President and CEO of Coordinated Care. She joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss plan-provider relationships and changes to Coordinated Care in 2019. “Coordinated Care had its challenges in 2018, namely around a consent decree from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner...[ Read More ]

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