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Gov. Inslee Cites Health Care Initiatives in State of the State

Amy Snow Landa | Jan 15, 2014 | Washington

BusinessWeek Ranks WA #1, OR #2 for Exchange Ads Nationally

Erin Thurston | Sep 24, 2013 | Oregon, Washington

Congratulations to the marketing brains behind the new Washington Healthplanfinder and Cover Oregon ads! BusinessWeek has ranked them the best of the best of the new Exchange TV commercials. First, the Healthplanfinder ad where the only thing standing between a woman and an impending raccoon attack is a game of...[ Read More ]

WA Exchange Funding Update

Erin Thurston | Jun 11, 2013 | Washington

As we shared earlier, HB 1947 was voted out of the Senate Ways & Means committee earlier today. The bill was substituted with a striker amendment which in effect removes all references to the premium tax revenue and the corresponding allocation to the health benefit exchange.  Instead, funding is based...[ Read More ]

A Long Overdue Wave of Health Innovation

Erin Thurston | Jun 3, 2013

The following op-ed by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, originally appeared in the Huffington Post. Three years ago, our Department kicked off the Health Data Initiative with 45 people gathered in a conference room. Our theory was that if we unlocked the vast stores...[ Read More ]

WA Exchange Progresses With the Launch of WaHealthplanfinder.org

Erin Thurston | Apr 29, 2013 | Washington

The Washington State Benefit Exchange has launched the new exchange site www.wahealthplanfinder.org. The website will be the portal for enrollment which begins October 1st. Currently, the website features a landing page with basic information on how to obtain insurance on the Exchange. The site also features a calculator courtesy of...[ Read More ]

Sec. Sebelius Reflects on Unanticipated Confusion from the ACA

Erin Thurston | Apr 10, 2013

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she underestimated challenges and misinformation created by the slow roll-out of health care reform saying it's a "state-by-state" political battle of information, especially in states where governors  strongly oppose the reforms. From Politico: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she underestimated how long...[ Read More ]

Sen. Parlette Confirms Medicaid Expansion in Senate Republican Budget

Erin Thurston | Mar 28, 2013 | Washington

The News Tribune is reporting that Senate Republican budget will include Medicaid Expansion and is expected to out next week: Lawmakers appear headed toward accepting the Medicaid expansion in President Barack Obama’s health care law. Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee have been on board for a while with expanding Medicaid health...[ Read More ]