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Legislation to increase transparency in drug pricing passed unanimously off Washington's Senate floor

| Feb 28, 2019 | Washington

Legislation to increase transparency in drug pricing passed unanimously off the Senate floor today. "This bill will go a long way towards revealing the real cost of prescription drugs," said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), sponsor of Senate Bill 5292. "As things stand, we really do not have publicly available...[ Read More ]

Budget and policy choices affect community well-being

| Feb 28, 2019 | Washington

This piece was cross-posted from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center's "Schmudget Blog." New report emphasizes the need for lawmakers to invest in health equity Deeper and smarter investments in education, infrastructure, economic security, housing, and other priorities that serve us all can eliminate barriers to good health for...[ Read More ]

A survey of state-based behavioral health integration with Beacon Health Options

DJ Wilson | Feb 27, 2019 | Alaska, California, Washington

Across the country, states are working in various ways to integrate behavioral health into more traditional medical approaches to caring for physical health.  This is happening both at the financial and clinical levels. However, while mainstream opinion has embraced the idea of behavioral health integration, the manner in which that...[ Read More ]

Op-ed: HB 1877 and SB 5822 to study imposing a single-payer health care system on the people of Washington state

| Feb 26, 2019 | Washington

Dr. Roger Stark is the health care policy analyst at Washington Policy Center and a retired physician. In this op-ed, Dr. Stark discusses HB 1877 / SB 5822, two bills that would provide "a pathway" to a universal health care system in Washington. Stark dives into the background of the single-payer...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Consequential Health Legislation, Rep. June Robinson, Aetna Hiring

| Feb 26, 2019 | Washington

If you aren't paying really close attention, there is a lot of movement in Washington State health care these days. The session has a number of consequential bills. There are some interesting and strategic hires taking place across multiple organizations. And, it feels like the political pressure underlying some of...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Representative June Robinson

Emily Boerger | Feb 25, 2019 | Washington

State Representative June Robinson represents Washington’s 38th LD and is a member of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee. She is also the 1st Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. She joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching,” which was recorded right before the start of...[ Read More ]

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