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Health funding in Washington State operating budget proposals

Emily Boerger | Mar 29, 2021 | Washington

Last week, budget conversations kicked into high gear after the House and Senate Democratic caucuses released their transportation, operating, and capital budgets for the 2021-23 biennium. The budget proposals come after a better-than-expected revenue forecast which showed a $1.34 billion increase for the 2019-21 biennium and a $1.949 billion increase...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Detailed Agenda, Committee Days, Election polling

| Sep 10, 2020 | Washington

In two weeks time, we'll be hosting our 2020 Inland NW State of Reform Health Policy Conference. In the pre-COVID space, this was an event that was focused on Eastern Washington. However, in this time of COVID, this event has taken on the feel of a statewide event - with speakers...[ Read More ]

14 state legislators leaving their seats in 2021

Michael Goldberg | Mar 23, 2020 | Washington

As of now, 15 Washington State legislators are either retiring from the Legislature or running for another public office. Seven House Democrats will be leaving their caucus while Steve Hobbs is the only *potential* outgoing senator, having just announced his intention to run for Lieutenant Governor in the wake of...[ Read More ]

Women-centric bills on the docket this session

Madeline Shannon | Jan 7, 2020 | Washington

Several new bills benefiting women and girls were pre-filed in the weeks ahead of the upcoming legislative session, which if passed would expand access to health insurance for pregnant women and women who have just given birth, as well as provide access to menstrual products for girls in public schools. ...[ Read More ]

2019 INW State of Reform Keynote: The Dynamics of the Washington State Legislature

Emily Boerger | Sep 17, 2019 | Washington

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, and House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Timm Ormsby offered their thoughts on state health policy during a keynote conversation at the 2019 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference. This group of legislative leaders joined DJ Wilson...[ Read More ]

Kreidler's bill to protect consumers from surprise billing passes Senate

| Apr 11, 2019 | Washington

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s proposal to end the harmful practice of surprise medical billing passed the Senate [on Wednesday] on a vote of 47 to 0. It now goes back to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote before heading to the governor’s desk.     Second Substitute House...[ Read More ]