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House passes Senate's comprehensive opioid bill

Emily Boerger | Apr 18, 2019 | Washington

Kreidler's bill to protect consumers from surprise billing passes Senate

| Apr 11, 2019 | Washington

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s proposal to end the harmful practice of surprise medical billing passed the Senate [on Wednesday] on a vote of 47 to 0. It now goes back to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote before heading to the governor’s desk.     Second Substitute House...[ Read More ]

Op-ed: We can’t address our substance use crisis without addressing our workforce shortage

| Apr 10, 2019 | Washington

Marjorie Page, Behavioral Health Manager at Community Health Care, and Claudia D’Allegri, Senior Vice President and Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, wrote the following op-ed on a solution to improve Washington's behavioral health system.  There is widespread agreement among policymakers in Olympia and communities across...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A with Sen. David Frockt, Behavioral health funding, Mary McWilliams

| Apr 10, 2019 | Washington

The session is moving into its final stages, with a good possibility that the legislature could conclude early by a day or two. Both chambers and both parties are working relatively smoothly together (we'll overlook this week's failed vote on bonds for the capital budget), to their credit. In this...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Mary McWilliams, Virginia Mason

Emily Boerger | Apr 9, 2019 | Washington

Mary McWilliams is a board member at Virginia Mason. She joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss Centers of Excellence. “The big news at Virginia Mason is we’re having a baby! Actually, we hope to have a lot of babies in partnership with CHI Franciscan Health....[ Read More ]

Senate budget funds study of state production of generic drugs

| Apr 5, 2019 | Washington

This press release was provided by Washington Senate Democrats. The operating budget passed today by the Senate includes $20,000 to fund a study of the feasibility of the state producing certain generic drugs. “One of the biggest concerns in many households today is the high cost of prescription drugs,” said...[ Read More ]

Regence health plans reduce opioid prescriptions 39 percent through 2018

| Apr 4, 2019 | Oregon, Washington

Regence health plans are committed to decreasing the misuse of opioids through a variety of initiatives while still supporting appropriate use for people who can benefit from opioid treatment.     As of the end of 2018, Regence achieved a 39 percent decrease in opioid prescriptions since 2015. This exceeds...[ Read More ]

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