Several bills that aim to improve the health of women and children, and increase access to dental care were passed during this year’s legislative session—which ended on April 12th—in Washington. Leaders of three of the legislature’s health committees discussed how these bills will help Washingtonians with State of Reform.     Addressing the needs of … Read more

Washington will soon join the Nurse Licensure Compact, as Senate Bill 5499 passed both chambers of the legislature on April 7th, and awaits the governor’s signature. SB 5499 aims to supplement the state’s nurse workforce, as it will enter Washington into the compact. The compact expedites licensure for registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses … Read more

The deadline for Washington bills to pass out of their original chamber passed last week, so most bills that didn’t receive a floor vote will no longer be considered this session.      Several health-related bills passed their house of origin, and are now awaiting votes in the opposite chamber. The following bills passed in … Read more

Washington is one of only 13 states that is not a member of the interstate nurse licensure compact, but Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) has introduced a bill that would change that.     Members of the Senate Committee on Health and Long Term Care discussed Senate Bill 5499 during a public hearing on Friday. In … Read more

Rep. Ken McCarty (R-Eagle River), a member of the House Health & Social Services Committee, said one of his primary healthcare concerns is ensuring that providers are reimbursed adequately for the services they provide.     “I’m concerned about our providers. To make sure they get paid. There’s a lot of money paid out to … Read more

In this edition of our “What They’re Watching” series, Jared Kosin, President and CEO of the Alaska Hospital and Healthcare Association, talked about the association’s efforts to supplement the state’s workforce.     “Our single biggest priority right now is around workforce, and that’s complex. Everyone’s looking for that silver bullet. What is it going … Read more