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HCA announces apparently successful bidders for Cascade Care public option plans

Emily Boerger | Jul 2, 2020 | Washington

The Health Care Authority announced on Thursday the apparently successful bidders (ASBs) for the Cascade Care public option RFA. The five carriers are: Bridgespan, Community Health Network of Washington, Coordinated Care, LifeWise, and UnitedHealthcare. The Health Care Authority says the ASBs proposed a coverage plan for almost every county in...[ Read More ]

Coalition forms to oppose potential long-term care budget cuts in Washington State

Michael Goldberg | Jul 1, 2020 | Washington

A group of Long-Term Care advocates in Washington State have formed a coalition in response to potential budget cuts to services utilized by senior citizens and people with disabilities. The coalition — which includes AARP, SEIU 775, Washington Health Care Association, Casa Latina, and several other organizations — formed after...[ Read More ]

Legislative subcommittee holds meeting on COVID-19 impacts on behavioral health

Emily Boerger | Jun 30, 2020 | Washington

The Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee held a meeting Monday morning to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on behavioral health in Washington State. During the meeting, the committee heard from multiple panels on a range of topics including the state’s response, COVID’s impact on behavioral health clients and providers,...[ Read More ]

Inslee, Brown call on Congress to invest in broadband infrastructure

Emily Boerger | Jun 26, 2020 | Oregon, Washington

Govs. Kate Brown and Jay Inslee joined a group of 11 governors from across the country calling on the president and congressional leadership to invest in broadband connectivity to assist the roughly 18 million Americans who lack access to internet. In a joint letter sent Thursday, the state leaders described...[ Read More ]

Arcora Foundation announces $4 million to support safety net and tribal dental clinics impacted by COVID-19

Emily Boerger | Jun 24, 2020 | Washington

Arcora Foundation, the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington, announced the distribution of $4 million in grants to safety net and tribal dental clinics impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding, they say, will help prevent the loss of oral health care for tens of thousands of vulnerable individuals. In...[ Read More ]

Reviewing First Choice Health's network options

DJ Wilson | Jun 24, 2020 | Washington

In a recent 5 Things newsletter, I highlighted that I understood four plans were applying to enter the public option program known as Cascade Care in Washington State. One of those plans, according to a source, told me it is using First Choice Health as a provider network. I thought...[ Read More ]

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