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Judge overturns credit scoring emergency rule

| Oct 12, 2021 | Washington

In a Friday ruling, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson struck down Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s emergency rule temporarily banning insurance companies from using credit scores to determine premiums.  During the 2021 legislative session, Kreidler advocated for a bill that would ban insurer’s from using credit...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber discusses health policy priorities for 2022

| Oct 8, 2021 | Washington

Representative Jacquelin Maycumber has served Washington’s 7th Legislative District —  which includes Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties, and parts of Okanogan and Spokane Counties — since 2017. Maycumber serves on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. In this Q&A, Maycumber discusses health care initiatives she looks forward to...[ Read More ]

“It’s insane … how similar it is to being in a warzone:" Q&A with registered nurse Nikki May, BSN

| Oct 8, 2021 | Washington

Nikki May, BSN, is a registered nurse in the ICU at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. In this conversation, May discusses her experiences as a nurse in a strained and understaffed ICU unit, and shares what she and her colleagues in the ICU want lawmakers to know.   ...[ Read More ]

HCA gains input from stakeholders on rulemaking for Cascade Care Select plans

| Oct 7, 2021 | Washington

On Monday, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) hosted a webinar to provide information on the rulemaking process for mandatory hospital participation in Cascade Care public options plans.      Lawmakers originally established the state’s public option program in 2019. During the 2021 session, the legislature passed a bill...[ Read More ]

Experts give update on legislature-funded behavioral health services for youth in distress

| Oct 5, 2021 | Washington

At the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care meeting last week, lawmakers heard an update on partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for adolescents in the state. Dr. Alysha Thompson, clinical director and psychologist of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and...[ Read More ]

A time for renewal

| Oct 5, 2021 | Washington

In an email sent Tuesday, Senator David Frockt (D-Seattle) announced he will not seek re-election in 2022. His full letter is available below.      Dear Friends, Over the last decade, I have continually been inspired by your compassion, enthusiasm and intelligence as we have worked together to build a...[ Read More ]

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