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New Medicaid benefit aims to provide Washington’s homeless with housing

| Apr 6, 2022 | Washington

The recently-signed Apple Health and Homes Act aims to provide individuals experiencing homelessness with housing under a new Medicaid benefit.     Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the act into law on March 30. The initiative will provide housing throughout the state by utilizing the newly-created Office of Health and...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A w/ Rep. Joe Schmick, HCA budget request, WA Cares Fund

| Sep 16, 2021 | Washington

Want to hear something crazy? We now have 7 full time reporters covering health policy, not counting me. We cover health policy in 15 states, making us one of the most comprehensive outlets for news and information on state-level health policy in the country. And, if you know us and...[ Read More ]

HCA reaches 59% of payments as Value-based Purchasing in 2019

Sydney Kurle | Dec 17, 2020 | Washington

In 2019, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) reached 59 percent of payments across all Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) and Medicaid managed care programs in a Value-based purchasing (VBP) arrangement.      As the largest health care purchaser in Washington, the HCA says their goal is to continue...[ Read More ]

HCA outlines plan to reform Washington’s rural health care payment model

Michael Goldberg | Oct 7, 2020 | Washington

In a presentation to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee this week, Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) Director Sue Birch outlined the agencies plan to reform Washington’s rural health care payment model. As COVID-19 spread, so too did the financial strain already bearing down on Critical Access Hospitals and other rural health systems...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: COVID-19, Retirements in the Legislature, Sue Birch

| Mar 25, 2020 | Washington

We are in the opening days of a long period of staying at home, likely months rather than weeks. Take this more seriously than you think you need to. There is no upside to do otherwise at this point. Washington's confirmed cases are still doubling about every 7 days, rather...[ Read More ]

Women-centric bills on the docket this session

Madeline Shannon | Jan 7, 2020 | Washington

Several new bills benefiting women and girls were pre-filed in the weeks ahead of the upcoming legislative session, which if passed would expand access to health insurance for pregnant women and women who have just given birth, as well as provide access to menstrual products for girls in public schools. ...[ Read More ]