Democratic Rep. Marcus Riccelli chairs the Washington House Health Care and Wellness Committee in the legislature. At our conference in January, Riccelli spoke with us about the main policy areas he’s focusing on through his influential role at the capitol. Among his top priorities are continuing to incorporate the social determinants of health into health … Read more

Former State Sen. David Frockt recently ended his time in the Washington Legislature, having served since 2011 and held leadership positions on several key committees. He was a critical supporter of progressive health initiatives like Cascade Select, the state’s public health insurance program. At our 2023 Washington State of Reform conference in January, the recently … Read more

This month’s edition includes coverage of health bills that have passed through their first chamber in the legislature, and information about Washington’s lifting of the mask mandate for healthcare settings next month. As always, thanks for reading!   Shane Ersland State of Reform 1. Mask mandate ending next month Washington’s mask mandate for healthcare settings … Read more

This month’s edition includes coverage of various health legislation being considered in the legislature and input from Amerigroup Washington on their preparation for Medicaid redeterminations. Thanks for reading, and happy Friday!   Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform 1. Lawmakers hope to strengthen nurse workforce In response to the ongoing nursing shortage, we’re monitoring two bills that … Read more

Special shoutout to our reporter Shane Ersland, who has done some great reporting in the state recently and is an instrumental part of State of Reform’s presence in Washington. Feel free to reach out to Shane at any time with story leads as he continues to track the most pressing topics in Washington State health policy. This … Read more

After closed-door budget negotiations concluded on Wednesday afternoon, the Senate and House Democrats released their proposed supplemental operating budget for 2022. The budget proposal would add an additional $5 billion to the 2021-2023 operating budget, bringing the total to $64.1 billion. Total budgeted funds for the 2021-2023 biennium and 2023-25 are $130.9 billion and $64.9 … Read more