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WSHA calls on Inslee to veto section of public option bill

| Apr 29, 2021 | Washington

In a letter sent to Governor Jay Inslee’s office on Tuesday evening, the Washington State Hospital Association called on the governor to veto a portion of recently passed legislation that would require certain hospitals to contract with at least one public option plan in the state. The bill, SB 5377,...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Representative Eileen Cody on the 2021 session

| Apr 28, 2021 | Washington

Representative Eileen Cody was raised on her family’s farm in Iowa. After earning her associate’s and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Cody began a 40 year career in nursing at Kaiser Permanente in Seattle. In addition to her work at Kaiser Permanente, Cody is a founding member of...[ Read More ]

"I am an immigrant and I don't get any benefits"— Three women discuss how their immigration status affects their health

| Apr 28, 2021 | Washington

In March 2020, Noemi’s husband lost his job. He was not alone in that job loss, with just over 700,000 jobs lost that month across the country. But the loss of his job represented not only the loss of income, but also the loss of health insurance. Insurance that he...[ Read More ]

Court denies challenge to Kreidler's emergency rule on credit, deadline to comply is May 6

| Apr 27, 2021 | Washington

A Thurston County Superior Court judge denied an insurance industry request to halt an emergency rule that temporarily bans the use of insurance credit scoring in Washington last Friday.  The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington (IIABW), the Professional Insurance Agents of Washington (PIA) and the American Property Casualty...[ Read More ]

How health equity showed up in the legislature this session

| Apr 26, 2021 | Washington

The past year has shined a spotlight on the systemic inequities that proliferate the nation. In Washington, a theme of the session seemed to be addressing these inequities, specifically through reforms to health policy.     Some of the bills that managed to pass the packed session include: SB 5068...[ Read More ]

Bill to balance and improve public health boards on the Governor's desk

| Apr 22, 2021 | Washington

The Washington House of Representatives voted last week to concur with Senate amendments to HB 1152.      The bill, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, aims to apply the lessons learned from the pandemic and create stronger public health districts. The amendments made by the Senate removed the creation of...[ Read More ]

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