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A time for renewal

| Oct 5, 2021 | Washington

Governor signs entire “Cascade Care 2.0” bill into law

Emily Boerger | May 10, 2021 | Washington

Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation on Monday that aims to increase the affordability of standardized health plans on the individual market. Among several provisions, Senate Bill 5377 establishes a state premium assistance program for certain individuals purchasing health insurance on the state exchange. The bill also builds on the 2019...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Q&A w/Rep. Eileen Cody, Health equity, Kreidler's credit score ban

| Apr 29, 2021 | Washington

I'm really proud of this edition of 5 Things, because it provides content and stories from our team at State of Reform that you won't find anywhere else. Personal stories from immigrant women and their health status? Check. Interviews with key legislators? Check. Issues that will reshape part of the...[ Read More ]

WSHA calls on Inslee to veto section of public option bill

| Apr 29, 2021 | Washington

In a letter sent to Governor Jay Inslee’s office on Tuesday evening, the Washington State Hospital Association called on the governor to veto a portion of recently passed legislation that would require certain hospitals to contract with at least one public option plan in the state. The bill, SB 5377,...[ Read More ]

State lawmakers offer advice on creating a federal public option

| Apr 15, 2021 | Federal

Three legislators pursuing public options at the state level offered lessons learned during a recent conversation at the 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. The three lawmakers – Sen. David Frockt (WA), Sen. Matt Lesser (CT), and Rep. Dylan Roberts (CO) – are at different stages in establishing...[ Read More ]

Senate passes bills increasing Medicaid rates

| Feb 18, 2020 | Washington

A bill passed Monday by the Washington State Senate would expand access to Washington’s health care system by increasing Medicaid rates.     Senate Bill 6676, sponsored by Sen. David Frockt and Sen. Emily Randall, increases the Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care providers to at least 15 percent above...[ Read More ]

Prior authorization bill goes to Ways & Means

Madeline Shannon | Feb 7, 2020 | Washington

Substitute Senate Bill 6404 passed in the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee this week and was referred to the Ways & Means Committee, sending the legislation along before the Feb. 11 cutoff for bills passing through fiscal committees this legislative session. The bill increases transparency on prior authorization, which...[ Read More ]