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Regence BlueShield names Nicole Saint Clair executive medical director

| Aug 25, 2022 | Washington

Regence BlueShield has selected Dr. Nicole Saint Clair as its new executive medical director. Saint Clair will lead the health plan’s clinical programs to make health care affordable, accessible and effective for Regence members.     Saint Clair is a Seattle native whose family has lived in the city for...[ Read More ]

Whole Washington to host ‘March for Healthcare Justice’ Saturday in Seattle

| Jul 28, 2022 | Washington

A grassroots organization working to establish a state-level universal health care system in Washington will lead a march supporting health care reform on Saturday in Seattle.     Whole Washington filed Initiative 1471 to the Secretary of State in March, and members have been gathering signatures to put the proposition...[ Read More ]

State of Reform's return to in-person events

| Nov 8, 2021 | Washington

As we get closer and closer to the 2022 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference I wanted to take a moment to explain our choice to return to in-person events. I don't believe that we are putting people at risk. In fact, I think we are providing a unique...[ Read More ]

Employee union sues Inslee over strict vaccine mandate

| Aug 30, 2021 | Washington

In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s stringent vaccine mandate announced earlier this month, the Washington Federation of State Employers (WFSE) filed a lawsuit against the governor in Thurston County Superior Court on Thursday in an attempt to stop the mandate from being implemented.      The mandate, which would require...[ Read More ]

Washington State receives emergency vouchers for homelessness relief

| May 20, 2021 | Washington

Washington State will receive 2,443 emergency housing vouchers from the federal government for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.     U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced Monday the allocation of $5 billion in American Rescue Plan...[ Read More ]

Homelessness rises 6.2% in Washington State

| Mar 22, 2021 | Washington

According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Washington State experienced a 6.2% increase in homelessness between 2019-2020, during this time 30 out of every 10,000 people in the state were homeless.      Washington had the third largest increase behind California and...[ Read More ]