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The State’s Medicaid Requirements for a Clinical Data Repository

To provide information on Medicaid hospital and provider requirements to participate in the state’s clinical data repository. ... Read More >>

Cover All Kids: 10th anniversary

More than 10 years ago, dozens of organizations and individuals accomplished an important public policy goal: enacting legislation to ensure that every child in Washington State would have health coverage and access to care. We wanted kids to have coverage for check-ups, vaccinations and medical care, which are all necessary for a good start in school and life. This coverage helps family stability in other ways. For example, parents miss fewer days at work and families are more financially stable when they have access to quality, affordable health care for their kids.... Read More >>

DSHS webinar 11/6 on new programs to support older adults and caregivers

The Washington State Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS) is offering a webcast from 10 a.m. to noon November 6 on the new Medicaid Alternative Care (MAC) Tailored Supports for Older Adults (TSOA) programs. These are new programs offered through DSHS as part of the state’s Medicaid Transformation Demonstration. Both programs could be helpful discharging patients back to their homes rather than to long-term care facilities and helping patients obtain support to stay in their homes.... Read More >>

Go VOTE!

Strong participation is at the heart of a healthy democracy. The good government geeks at WSHA are begging you—please vote and be heard! Ballots need to be dropped in the ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day November 7.... Read More >>

New minimum wage, paid leave law effective Jan. 1, 2018

Initiative 1433, enacted by voters, becomes law on January 1. The law increases the minimum wage and requires all employers to offer paid sick leave to employees. The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has provided an informational website to learn more and has split rulemaking into two parts. ... Read More >>

Governor appoints new HCA director

Gov. Inslee has appointed Susan Birch as the new director of the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA). Susan is currently the executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Policy and Financing.... Read More >>

Many improvements to open enrollment in our state

We’ve been fighting hard on the national level to preserve Affordable Care Act coverage. We are very concerned that residents who need health coverage may think it has gone away as a result of all the negative media coverage. We are also concerned at the loss of federal funds for outreach and enrollment efforts. We need your help to make sure people know that health coverage is available and to help them enroll!... Read More >>

340B hospital recertification begins October 24. Are you prepared to be recertified?

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) 340B annual hospital recertification period for 2017 began October 24 and will run through November 21, 2017. All 340B hospitals must recertify with HRSA annually to ensure they continue to meet the 340B hospital eligibility requirements. Covered entities that fail to complete recertification will be removed from the 340B program.... Read More >>

Health Care Authority submits 2018 supplemental budget requests

The Health Care Authority’s 2018 supplemental budget decision packages are out. ... Read More >>

340B hospital recertification begins October 24. Are you prepared to be recertified?

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) 340B annual hospital recertification period for 2017 will occur October 24 through November 21, 2017.... Read More >>

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