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Officials provide update on COVID-19 related prison disruption

Michael Goldberg | Apr 9, 2020 | Washington

Inslee calls on Washington manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment

Emily Boerger | Apr 1, 2020 | Washington

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee called on Washington State manufacturers to step up and assist in manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Inslee called on companies to produce surgical masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves. He also asked companies to manufacture supplies for...[ Read More ]

Inslee signs bill to update skilled nursing facilities' Medicaid rates

Emily Boerger | Apr 1, 2020 | Washington

Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation on Tuesday aimed at preventing the closure of struggling skilled nursing facilities across Washington State. The bill, SB 6515, makes adjustments to the methodology used to determine Medicaid rates for nursing facilities to better reflect their annual costs. Beginning with rates paid on July 1,...[ Read More ]

Washington Healthplanfinder extends current special enrollment period, gives extra month for uninsured to secure health coverage

| Apr 1, 2020 | Washington

 In response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Washington state, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) today announced it is extending the current special enrollment period for individuals who are uninsured.  The original special enrollment period, that ran from March 10, 2020 through April 8, 2020, will now continue...[ Read More ]

Caregiving in the era of COVID-19

| Apr 1, 2020 | Washington

Even in ordinary times, the more than 840,000 unpaid family caregivers in Washington State face a daunting set of daily tasks. Oftentimes with little or no training, they may be responsible for wound care, tube feedings, dressing, managing the finances and medical bills of their loved ones, transportation and more....[ Read More ]

Commerce awards $1.96 million for Spokane Mental Health Crisis Stabilization

| Mar 30, 2020 | Washington

The Washington State Department of Commerce, in partnership with the state Health Care Authority, has awarded $1.96 million to help fund construction of a new 32-bed behavioral health facility in Spokane. Operated by Pioneer Human Services, the Spokane Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility will include a medical clearance unit, 16...[ Read More ]

Resources for urgent dental care during COVID-19

| Mar 27, 2020 | Washington

A resource for people in need of emergency and urgent dental care is available while many dental offices are closed in response to COVID-19. Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee mandated the closure of dental offices for elective procedures in order to help prevent community spread of COVID-19 and preserve personal...[ Read More ]

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