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New laws aim to bolster Washington’s dental workforce, particularly among hygienists

| Sep 12, 2023 | Washington

New laws passed during the 2023 legislative session will provide more support for Washington’s dental workforce, particularly among hygienists.     Lawmakers passed several new dental reform laws during the session, including House Bill 1466, which allows dental hygienists moving to Washington more time to get licensed while working in...[ Read More ]

Washington requests amendment to Section 1115 MTP waiver to expand coverage for former foster care youth

| Aug 22, 2023 | Washington

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) recently requested an amendment to Washington’s Section 1115 Medicaid Transformation Project (MTP) waiver that would expand coverage for former foster care youth. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved Washington’s request to...[ Read More ]

Whole Washington lays out comprehensive proposal for state-governed health plan

| Aug 14, 2023 | Washington

Whole Washington presented a comprehensive plan for developing a state-governed health plan that would cover all residents to the state’s Universal Health Care Commission (UHCC) on Thursday.     Whole Washington is a grassroots organization that advocates for a universal healthcare system in the state. The UHCC was established during...[ Read More ]

WSHA details initiatives that will help Washington hospitals receive needed funds for difficult-to-discharge patients

| Aug 10, 2023 | Washington

Washington hospitals will be getting needed extra funds to care for patients who are difficult to discharge following the state’s 2023 legislative session.     Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 5103, which will increase payments to acute care hospitals for difficult-to-discharge Medicaid patients. State of Reform discussed the impact of SB...[ Read More ]

Washington health agencies try to find balance between telework, in-office business practices

| Jul 27, 2023 | Washington

The COVID-19 pandemic altered workforce habits for many organizations, making telework a permanent option for a large variety of workers. Washington health agencies discussed how telework has affected their business practices during a State Government and Elections Committee meeting on Tuesday.     Michaela Doelman, assistant director of human resources...[ Read More ]

Medicaid redeterminations: Washington’s disenrollment rate much lower than many states

| Jul 24, 2023 | Washington

Washington has seen about four percent of its Medicaid enrollees lose coverage since redeterminations began in April, which is a much lower rate than many reporting states. Trinity Wilson, assistant director for Medicaid customer service at the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), updated lawmakers on the state’s redetermination process...[ Read More ]