Session begins!

The 2018 legislative session begins today, but WSHA has been preparing for months. It’s a short session, but WSHA still has a strong agenda for advancing health care.... Read More >>

Analysis of the Governor’s supplemental budget

Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget yesterday. This budget adds about $1 billion to fund basic education, but the governor also highlighted opioid use, emergency preparedness and mental health services as priorities.... Read More >>

Governor’s supplemental budget released

Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget today. This budget adds about $1 billion to fund basic education, but the governor also highlighted opioid use, emergency preparedness and mental health services as priorities. ... Read More >>

WSHA’s 2017 state Legislative Summary is now available

The summary is being printed and mailed as we speak, but you don't need to wait to read the electronic copy. The summary is 20 pages and includes state policy and budget issues for both WSHA and AWPHD.... Read More >>

Down to the wire: Budget good for health care system

The legislature today released a $43 billion operating budget for the 2017-2019 biennium. If approved before midnight — as is expected — they will have avoided a partial state government shutdown by mere hours. WSHA is very pleased with the results for health care overall, and particularly applauds the legislature's additional funding of and important reforms to the state's mental health system.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: House and Senate release capital budgets — Major funding for mental health and dental access

The House and Senate capital budgets contain major investments for community projects to increase access to mental health services across the care continuum. WSHA is very pleased to see these funding levels that will help spur new services for some of the most complex patients. Both budgets also provide funding for the addition or expansion of dental chairs to certain provider clinics. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Tax bill concerns and policy bill progress report

The House and Senate have now passed their respective budgets. WSHA supports the spending plans of both the House and Senate, both of which put important resources into health care, most prominently making improvements to the behavioral health system. ... Read More >>

House budget overview on top WSHA priorities

The Big Picture: The House’s spending plan on WSHA’s key priorities is similar to the Senate’s solid support of needed health care services. Of note: No cuts to Medicaid payments for hospital-based clinics; Hospital safety net assessment included; Mental health care funding and reforms are good; Medicaid waiver funds appropriated (this was mostly not included in the Senate budget)... Read More >>

Senate budget overview on top WSHA priorities

The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus released its budget today, and it is overall positive for WSHA's budget priorities. The budget does not include any cuts to hospital-based clinics and also funds several other important health care priorities.... Read More >>

Focus on Mental Health Funding and Post-Acute Placements

The budget decreases state hospital beds, moves patients to community hospitals and invests in post-acute discharge facilities. ... Read More >>

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