A bill that would strengthen reproductive rights for Washingtonians in the state’s constitution sparked passionate remarks, both in support of and in opposition to the proposed amendment, during a legislative meeting on Tuesday.      Members of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee held a public hearing for Senate Joint Resolution 8202. The … Read more

CMS rescinded approval of a Washington State Medicaid amendment that aimed to dramatically lower pharmacy reimbursement rates.     The Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA), the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) voiced support for the CMS decision that they say will help maintain reliable patient access … Read more

Alaska lawmakers discussed concerns about the amount of time patients spend at crisis stabilization centers during a Senate Health & Social Services Committee meeting on Tuesday.     Committee members discussed a proposed amendment to Senate Bill 124, which would establish various definitions for mental health facility measures. Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) proposed amending … Read more

Alaska lawmakers this week debated an amendment that would allow notifications to family members when people are admitted to mental health facilities.     Senate Health & Social Services Committee members discussed adopting an amendment to Senate Bill 124–which relates to admissions and detentions at subacute mental facilities–during a March 22 meeting. The amendment added … Read more