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Governor Inslee sends letter to Congress asking for investments in Public Health as part of the "American Jobs Plan"

| Apr 8, 2021 | Washington

In a letter sent to the Washington State Congressional Delegation, Gov. Jay Inslee asked members to invest in public health infrastructure as part of the president’s proposed “American Jobs Plan.” Inslee also pointed to a need for housing, broadband and food security.     According to the White House website: ...[ Read More ]

Audit finds issues of racial bias in housing and discipline, and mental health shortfalls in King County Jails

| Apr 6, 2021 | Washington

A year-long audit of King County adult jails found issues with racial bias in housing and discipline, shortages of mental health housing and more. It also found that pandemic-imposed social distancing drastically reduced instances of violence in the Seattle jail.     The report, released by the King County Auditor’s...[ Read More ]

Washington State Bill on improving maternal health outcomes heads to the Governor's Desk

| Apr 5, 2021 | Washington

A bill that aims to improve maternal health outcomes by extending coverage during the postpartum period passed in the House on Monday. The vote was nearly unanimous, with only Rep. Vicki Kraft voting against the bill.     Senate Bill 5068, sponsored by Sen. Emily Randall, will require the Washington...[ Read More ]

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 ]

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