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Jennifer Kent dismissive of Medicaid drug bulk purchasing agreements with OR and WA

Emily Boerger | May 21, 2019 | California, Oregon, Washington

5 Things Washington: 2019 session wrap-up, Wellfound BH Hospital, Sarah Arnquist

| May 17, 2019 | Washington

The session's over but the dust has yet to settle. It was a big session for health care.  We feature some elements of the session below, including some contextual analysis about what some of it means.  But, it's notable that each of the four caucuses had stand out efforts by...[ Read More ]

Four important things you may have missed about Washington State's public option bill

DJ Wilson | May 17, 2019 | Washington

For all of the gnashing of teeth by some around this year's "public option" legislation, I think it's possible this legislation will prove itself to be more modest in scope than those opposed might have argued. In the end, the bill is a modest but important step forward in innovation...[ Read More ]

Stakeholders react to passage of public option legislation

Emily Boerger | May 14, 2019 | Washington

On Monday, Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 5526, the state’s public health care option known as “Cascade Care.” The bill has attracted attention and a wide range of comments since its first public hearing. Now that it’s passed, here’s how some key stakeholders and legislators are reacting:     Pam...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Sarah Arnquist

Emily Boerger | May 13, 2019 | Washington

Sarah Arnquist is the Vice President of Client Partnerships Beacon Health Options. She joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss expanding crises services in Washington. “So, Beacon Health Options currently manages the Behavioral Health Administrative Service Organization, or the BH ASO, in three regions in Washington....[ Read More ]

Inslee signs prescription drug cost transparency bill

| May 10, 2019 | Washington

On Thursday, Governor Inslee signed a bill to bring more transparency to prescription drug price increases. Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett) sponsored House Bill 1224 after hearing stories from constituents and in the news about sudden and dramatic increases in the cost of prescription drugs. “No one should have to choose...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Laurie Jinkins on the LTCTA and the 2019 session

Sara Gentzler | May 9, 2019 | Washington

Rep. Laurie Jinkins represents Washington’s 27th Legislative District, which covers most of northern Tacoma. She chairs the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee and sits on the House Appropriations and Health Care & Wellness Committees.  This session, eight bills Jinkins prime sponsored passed the full Legislature, including the Long-Term Care Trust...[ Read More ]

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