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Q&A: Sen. David Frockt on Cascade Care

Sara Gentzler | Apr 2, 2019 | Washington

A highlight reel of Washington health care bills on-the-move

Sara Gentzler | Feb 12, 2019 | Washington

The cut-off for the Washington State Legislature to pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor in the house of origin is just 10 days away. As we approach that deadline, the House Health Care & Wellness Committee and Senate Health & Long Term...[ Read More ]

Washington House Health Care & Wellness Committee advances Tobacco 21 and Long Term Care Trust Act

Sara Gentzler | Jan 25, 2019 | Washington

The House Health Care & Wellness Committee advanced its first two bills of the session this morning. One (HB 1074), commonly called “Tobacco 21” would raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21 starting January, 2020. The other (HB 1087), commonly called the “Long...[ Read More ]

Long-term care benefit bill receives all supportive testimony in hearing

Sara Gentzler | Jan 21, 2019 | Washington

The House Health & Wellness Committee today heard a line-up of supportive public testimony on House Bill 1087, also known as the Long-Term Care Trust Act. The bipartisan bill would establish a public long-term care benefit that Washington workers would pay into, and eventually be able to benefit from should they have difficulty...[ Read More ]

Pre-filed bills we're watching in Washington

Sara Gentzler | Dec 21, 2018 | Washington

As Washington’s Legislature gears up for the start of a long session on January 14 of next year, legislators have pre-filed 93 bills that range in subject matter from Pacific razor clams to off-road vehicles. Several of those pre-filed bills are related to health care; here are seven we’ll be...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Supplemental budget, Mike Kreidler, Christopher Kodama

| Mar 13, 2018 | Washington

Sixty days of the legislative session are over, but the dust hasn't yet settled. We review some budget language buried in the legislation for you this edition, as well as feature a few of the interesting stories from Olympia that got less mainstream coverage. Thanks as always for reading our...[ Read More ]

How The Premera Media Firestorm Took Shape

| Mar 11, 2014 | Washington

Something pretty amazing just happened in our local media coverage of health care in Washington State:  Premera got hit this week with 8 days of pretty blistering media coverage in multiple outlets across the state for its lobbying in Olympia. To preface, this comment isn't on the merits of the...[ Read More ]