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Washington health care purchasers unify in support of primary care transformation

| Jan 28, 2021 | Washington

The Washington Health Alliance (WHA) and the Purchaser Business Group on Health (PBGH) sent a letter Tuesday joining purchasers in support of the state’s efforts to transform primary care delivery. The letter, sent to the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA), asks providers and health plans to work together with purchasers...[ Read More ]

Washington Senate Health and Long Term Care committee hears testimony on SB 5020: "Rx Drug Price Increases"

| Jan 26, 2021 | Washington

The Senate Health and Long Term Care committee heard testimony Friday on SB 5020, also called “Rx Drug Price Increases.”  Most testified that the goal of the bill was good, but the execution of determining unsupported price increases may need some work. Testimony came from 14 individual citizens, patient advocacy...[ Read More ]

An update from the Universal Health Care Work Group

Emily Boerger | Dec 4, 2020 | Washington

The Universal Health Care Work Group provided a preview of their final report to the legislature during a Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee meeting this week. In 2019, the state legislature directed the Health Care Authority to convene a work group to evaluate potential methods to create, implement,...[ Read More ]

Cascade Care offers more options, launches this week

Shawna De La Rosa | Nov 2, 2020 | Washington

Starting this week, more health and dental care coverage options and financial assistance will be available through the Cascade Care plans that have been implemented in accordance with SB 5526. “As more Washingtonians are impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, having health coverage is crucial during these difficult times,” Pam MacEwan,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Health policy preview, Races to watch, Pfizer Leadership Series

Emily Boerger | Oct 14, 2020 | Washington

A big thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our 2020 Inland Northwest State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference a few weeks ago! Thanks to your support, State of Reform continues to foster this non-partisan “safe table” around which different silos from the Washington health care community...[ Read More ]

Medicaid optional benefits on chopping block in HCA’s budget proposal

Emily Boerger | Sep 18, 2020 | Washington

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) this week submitted its 2021-23 operating budget proposal to the Office of Financial Management (OFM), outlining budget priorities and potential cuts to the agency. In response to the economic downturn brought on by COVID-19, OFM in May directed state agencies to identify options...[ Read More ]