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Gov. Ige signs health bills, warns of vetoes for others

Emily Boerger | Jun 27, 2019 | Hawaii

GCDSE Advocacy Report highlights legislative actions impacting Trust beneficiaries

Emily Boerger | Jun 26, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education (GCDSE) recently released its “Preliminary Joint Advocacy Report” on the 2019 legislative session. The report highlights actions taken during the 2019 regular session and first special session that impact Trust beneficiaries – Alaskans with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism, Alzheimer’s...[ Read More ]

Where California’s budget stands on health funding

Emily Boerger | Jun 5, 2019 | California

As the June 15 budget deadline approaches, California’s 2019 Budget Conference Committee is rapidly working to hash out the differences between the Senate’s, Assembly’s, and Governor’s versions of the budget. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Revise featured a mix of new spending proposals, increasing the state’s overall spend by nearly $4.5...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Eileen Cody reflects on the 2019 legislative session

Emily Boerger | May 29, 2019 | Washington

Representative Eileen Cody represents Washington’s 34th Legislative District and is the Chair of the House Health and Wellness Committee. Cody has long been a health policy leader in Washington State’s legislature, having worked on issues such as implementation of the Affordable Care Act, mental health parity, and patient safety improvements....[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: 2019 session wrap-up, Wellfound BH Hospital, Sarah Arnquist

| May 17, 2019 | Washington

The session's over but the dust has yet to settle. It was a big session for health care.  We feature some elements of the session below, including some contextual analysis about what some of it means.  But, it's notable that each of the four caucuses had stand out efforts by...[ Read More ]

Health care highlights as Hawaii's 2019 legislative session wraps up

Emily Boerger | May 2, 2019 | Hawaii

Thursday marked the 60th and final day of Hawaii’s 2019 legislative session. Over the course of session, lawmakers introduced over 3,000 bills, with nearly 300 bills ultimately passing both chambers. Though a majority of the bills have not yet been signed or sent to the governor’s desk, here is a...[ Read More ]

Legislation to increase transparency in drug pricing passed unanimously off Washington's Senate floor

| Feb 28, 2019 | Washington

Legislation to increase transparency in drug pricing passed unanimously off the Senate floor today. "This bill will go a long way towards revealing the real cost of prescription drugs," said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), sponsor of Senate Bill 5292. "As things stand, we really do not have publicly available...[ Read More ]