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WSMA Statement on State Budget Proposals Offered by the House and Senate

| Apr 2, 2021 | Washington

The Washington State Medical Association is pleased that in the state budget proposals offered by the House of Representatives and in the Senate last week, both include funding that will benefit Washington patients and the state's physician community.     Our state’s public health system has been pushed to the...[ Read More ]

3 to 4 million Washingtonians will experience behavioral health issues in the next several months

| Apr 2, 2021 | Washington

A presentation to the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Work Group indicated that upwards of three to four million Washingtonians will likely experience symptoms of behavioral health issues in the next several months.      Dr. Kira Mauseth, the Co-lead of the Department of Health (DOH) Behavioral Health Strike Team,...[ Read More ]

Ombuds Report finds continued delays in cancer treatment at Washington DOC Facilities

| Apr 1, 2021 | Washington

A report released by the Office of the Corrections Ombuds (OCO) found that delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment in Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities led to death for at least one patient, and terminal diagnoses for several others.     This report comes after previous investigations performed...[ Read More ]

Inslee expands vaccine eligibility to all adults starting April 15

Michael Goldberg | Mar 31, 2021 | Washington

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that starting April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.     At an afternoon press conference, Inslee said: We must do everything possible to ensure that we can keep cases down. We have concerns...[ Read More ]

Video and Highlights from "5 Slides: Innovations in Bending the Rx Cost Curve"

| Mar 29, 2021 | Washington

Experts on prescription drug policy joined State of Reform’s Washington “5 Slides” event on Thursday to discuss the nation’s ever-rising costs of prescription drugs and some possible innovations and strategies to combat the rising prices. In the conversation, Donna Sullivan, PharmD, chief pharmacy officer of the Washington State Health Care...[ Read More ]

Health funding in Washington State operating budget proposals

Emily Boerger | Mar 29, 2021 | Washington

Last week, budget conversations kicked into high gear after the House and Senate Democratic caucuses released their transportation, operating, and capital budgets for the 2021-23 biennium. The budget proposals come after a better-than-expected revenue forecast which showed a $1.34 billion increase for the 2019-21 biennium and a $1.949 billion increase...[ Read More ]

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