Legislators Reach Agreement on Budgets, Avoid State Shutdown

The Washington State Legislature narrowly avoided a shutdown of state services by agreeing on operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Years 2015-2017. The compromise budgets are very good for hospitals and health care overall and include: More than $100 million in new state and federal funding for the mental health system. $32 million in capital budget funding... Read More >>

Weekly Report for July 2, 2015 – In the Face of Fire

Again this year, our neighbors in the central part of the state are fighting fires and watching the skies warily for smoke. Hundreds have had to evacuate and about 30 homes have been lost in the Chelan County wildfire. The weather is just getting hotter. One aspect of association work is that it instantly connects you to new communities. WSHA... Read More >>

BUDGET AGREEMENT REACHED

The Washington State Legislature has narrowly avoided a complete shutdown of state services by agreeing on operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Years 2015-2017. The Governor has announced his intention to sign the operating budget, likely this evening. The compromise budget is very good for hospitals and health care overall. This was a particularly challenging... Read More >>

WSHA Response to U.S. Supreme Court Verdict

May 15, 2015, SEATTLE, Wash. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has supported, with a 6-3 vote, the federal government’s right to set up health insurance exchanges and subsidize individual health insurance premiums. “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the majority... Read More >>

Weekly Report for June 25, 2015 – Celebrating Chelan!

More than a dozen WSHA and AWPHD staff spent most of the week in Chelan for our annual Rural Leadership Conference. Despite the excruciatingly beautiful weather, hospital board members and executives packed the conference rooms from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. This wasn’t easy or comfortable work, either: The speakers were high-caliber thinkers who engaged... Read More >>

Implications of King v. Burwell for Washington State

The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight potential implications for Washington State of the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in King v. Burwell. The key question in King v. Burwell is whether subsidies (tax credits and cost-sharing) will continue to be available for people who purchase health insurance through a marketplace created by the federal government. Most news coverage of King v. Burwell focuses on the impact for states with federally-run health exchanges. Washington State operates a state-run exchange, but the case could have consequences nationally which impact our state.... Read More >>

Weekly Report for June 18, 2015 – Hospital History: Navy Hospital Corps celebrates 117 years

In 1898, President William McKinley signed the bill that established the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps. It began with 25 pharmacists, and has since multiplied in both scope and impact to include doctors, nurses, dentists, and other medical service corps officers. From the Revolutionary War, to recent overseas operations in Iraq, Hospital Corpsmen have been present at every pivotal moment in... Read More >>

New Requirement to Conduct Congenital Heart Disease Screenings for All Newborns

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an overview of new requirements to perform Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) screenings for all newborns born in the state. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) supported the change in requirements because the health of newborns is important. We believe all hospitals are currently performing these screens.... Read More >>

Weekly Report for June 11, 2015 – Chelan is Coming: Registration Details, Board Sessions and Industry Partners

Our annual Chelan conference, held June 21-24, is an amazing gathering for rural hospital leaders– it’s also a critically important one. In order to ensure our rural communities have access to high-quality health care, executives and boards need an understanding of the changes to both care delivery and payment. This work requires an increasingly high level of... Read More >>

House and Senate Submit Revised Budget Proposals, but Key Differences Remain

The dominant parties in the House and Senate released new budgets in the past week: The Senate Republicans released a new budget on Thursday, and the House Democrats did the same on Monday.   The new Senate budget includes new revenue from cannabis and the federal government, but does not make the needed changes to... Read More >>

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