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COVID-19 and the broken safety net of social inclusion for long-term care residents – a “double pandemic.”

Michael Goldberg | Feb 8, 2021 | Washington

Advocates for long-term care residents warn that many are feeling the weight of overlapping pandemics – both of which disproportionately impact seniors. Cathy MacCaul is the AARP Washington State Advocacy Director. AARP Washington State has been vocal this week in support of HB 1218 – a bill sponsored by Rep. Jessica Bateman...[ Read More ]

Washington Senate Health Committee hears testimony on SB 5222: Should ARNPs be reimbursed at the same rate as physicians?

| Feb 1, 2021 | Washington

The Senate Health and Long Term Care committee heard testimony on SB 5222 on Monday. This bill would require health carriers to reimburse advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) at the same rate as physicians for the same services. Senate Bill 5222 would create a payment parity for ARNPs. The bill...[ Read More ]

Bills on new "988" system, long term care resident rights and more heard by Washington House Health Care and Wellness committee

| Jan 29, 2021 | Washington

The House Health Care and Wellness committee heard testimony for three bills in their Thursday meeting. These bills were on topics like the establishment of the new federally mandated “988” crisis response system, measures to improve quality of life for long-term care residents and data and security protections for COVID-19...[ Read More ]

Washington health care purchasers unify in support of primary care transformation

| Jan 28, 2021 | Washington

The Washington Health Alliance (WHA) and the Purchaser Business Group on Health (PBGH) sent a letter Tuesday joining purchasers in support of the state’s efforts to transform primary care delivery. The letter, sent to the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA), asks providers and health plans to work together with purchasers...[ Read More ]

Washington Senate Health and Long Term Care committee hears testimony on SB 5020: "Rx Drug Price Increases"

| Jan 26, 2021 | Washington

The Senate Health and Long Term Care committee heard testimony Friday on SB 5020, also called “Rx Drug Price Increases.”  Most testified that the goal of the bill was good, but the execution of determining unsupported price increases may need some work. Testimony came from 14 individual citizens, patient advocacy...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Health policy update, WA Keynotes, Executives on the move

| Jan 26, 2021 | Washington

One-third of all small businesses say they could not afford to pay January's rent. We have had 44 weeks in a row where unemployment claims were higher than the worst week during the Great Recession. In the latest US Census Pulse survey results, 10.1% of 4.9m respondents in Washington State received mental health therapy in...[ Read More ]

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