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While COVID-19, monkeypox infection rates trend down in Washington, officials reinforce focus on vaccination ahead of cold season

| Oct 27, 2022 | Washington

Infection rates for both COVID-19 and monkeypox (MPV) are trending down, but Washington Department of Health (DOH) officials urge further vaccination uptake as the cold and flu season draws near. They discussed both viruses during a media briefing on Thursday.     Washington had a 57.5 weekly COVID-19 case rate...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Cross-state care collaboration, Affordable housing funding, End of COVID emergency orders

| Oct 26, 2022 | Washington

Registration is now open for the 2023 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference! Register to join us at our first conference of 2023, which will be held at the Westin Seattle on Thursday, January 5th! The State of Reform team is hard at work putting together a diverse array of timely panel...[ Read More ]

Billboards will inform out-of-state individuals about Washington’s abortion protections in place for those seeking services following Idaho ban

| Oct 21, 2022 | Washington

Washington health officials have been preparing for an influx of abortion seekers since the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overturned Roe v. Wade and activists have initiated an advertising campaign to ensure those who come to Washington from other states are aware of protections in place for those services.    ...[ Read More ]

All Washington COVID-19 emergency orders will end by Halloween, but response and recovery efforts will remain a priority

| Oct 20, 2022 | Washington

While Gov. Jay Inslee announced that all COVID-19 emergency orders will end by Oct. 31st, Washington health care leaders will continue to prioritize virus response and recovery.     Nearly three-quarters of the governor’s 85 COVID-19 emergency orders have already been lifted, and an additional 13 health care-related orders will...[ Read More ]

DOC distributes $5 million for affordable housing as Washingtonians see steady increase in rents

| Oct 20, 2022 | Washington

The Washington State Department of Commerce (DOC) will distribute nearly $5 million for the construction of affordable housing units as residents have seen rents increase steadily in the state since 2017.     DOC announced that $5 million in Connecting Housing to Infrastructure Program (CHIP) grants will help expedite the...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Anthony Woods, Amerigroup Washington

| Oct 19, 2022 | Washington

Anthony Woods is the President and CEO of Amerigroup Washington. The public health emergency (PHE) was recently extended through Jan. 11, 2023, but health care providers have been preparing for its end for several months. Amerigroup will continue to do so, Woods said at our 2022 Inland Northwest State of...[ Read More ]