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Patients with rare diseases face much higher health care costs

Aaron Kunkler | Oct 22, 2021 | Washington

COVID update: Cases decreasing but remain near last winter's highs

| Oct 21, 2021 | Washington

Levels of COVID transmission in Washington State have been declining since early September, but levels are still high, leading health officials to predict hospital rates will continue to be elevated moving into winter.  The state Department of Health released a transmission report this week, which tracked data on transmission, hospitalizations,...[ Read More ]

Mental health of Washington students, educators at risk as pandemic continues

| Oct 20, 2021 | Washington

Mental and emotional pressures stemming from the pandemic have been building for young people, frontline workers, and educators as Washington State is trying to measure its impact.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Strike Team has been charting the emotional response people have to...[ Read More ]

Report: Treating uninsured, complex Covid costs more than $334k in Washington

| Oct 19, 2021 | Washington

It costs $334,224 to pay for uninsured complex inpatient treatment for COVID-19 in Washington State, which is one of the highest rates in the country.  A new dashboard created by FAIR Health outlines costs of both in- and out-of-network charges for different levels of COVID treatment on a state-by-state level....[ Read More ]

Premera sues GS Labs, alleging COVID test price gouging

| Oct 14, 2021 | Washington

Premera Blue Cross is suing a COVID testing company, alleging that the lab attempted to exploit the pandemic through price gouging for its services.  GS Labs is the subject of the lawsuit filed on Oct. 14 in Western Washington District Court. The Nebraska-based lab system was established in January 2020,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A w/ Rep. Maycumber, Public option rulemaking, K-12 behavioral health

| Oct 13, 2021 | Washington

In case you missed it, Early Bird Registration is now open for the 2022 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on January 6! We want to extend a huge thank you to our Convening Panel which met yesterday to talk through the issues and topics that will be teed up for discussion...[ Read More ]

Registration for “5 Slides: Gene therapy and the promise for rare diseases” is now open!

Emily Boerger | Oct 12, 2021 | Washington

Gene therapy represents a new generation of medicine that shows great promise in the fight against rare genetic diseases. The potential long-term transformative benefits could reduce, or even eliminate the ongoing costs of supporting patients and managing diseases. State of Reform is looking forward to exploring this issue in depth at...[ Read More ]

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