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Q&A: Rep. Kim Schrier discusses the need to lower insulin prices

| May 5, 2022 | Washington

Rep. Kim Schrier represents Washington State’s 8th Congressional District, which includes much of King, Pierce, Kittitas, and Chelan counties, as well as portions of Douglas County. Schrier has recently expressed support for the federal Affordable Insulin Now Act, which would cap insulin costs at no more than $35 per month....[ Read More ]

Proposed initiative aims to establish universal health care insurance in Washington

| May 4, 2022 | Washington

A grassroots organization recently submitted an initiative that would establish a universal health care insurance plan in Washington State.     Whole Washington is working to establish a state-level universal health care system. It filed an initiative to the Secretary of State on March 23rd that would create an all-inclusive...[ Read More ]

Washington State law aligns with federal policy to add consumer protections from surprise medical bills

| May 3, 2022 | Washington

Washington State insurance specialists discussed new legislation that will protect residents from surprise medical bills during a webinar Monday.     Staff from the state’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) discussed the Balance Billing Protection Act (BBPA). Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1688 on March 31st. The bill...[ Read More ]

Health care professionals work to address inequities in palliative care

| Apr 29, 2022 | Washington

A diverse panel of health care professionals considered approaches to addressing inequities in end-of-life care Friday.     The Washington Serious Illness Care Coalition hosted the panel, which featured Dr. Devyani Chandran, Dr. Mabel Bodell, Dr. Raleigh Bowden, and Eze Oluo. Prior to the panel discussion, Edwin Lindo—Associate Dean for...[ Read More ]

UW Dean of Public Health gives updates on new health sciences facility, various school projects

| Apr 28, 2022 | Washington

The University of Washington’s School of Public Health (SPH) has several projects lined up to help students, including the addition of a new health sciences facility.     SPH Dean Hilary Godwin updated students and faculty on the school’s recent accomplishments and future plans on Wednesday. Godwin said most of...[ Read More ]

WSDVA discusses factors for high suicide rates among veterans

| Apr 27, 2022 | Washington

Suicide rates among veterans are causing concern in Washington State’s health care community.     The Washington Health Care Authority’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery hosted a meeting to address the issue Tuesday. Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Program Manager Codie Garza discussed factors that contribute...[ Read More ]