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Tobacco 21 signed into law

Tobacco 21, legislation to restrict the sale of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to individuals age 21 and over, has been signed into law by Governor Inslee.... Read More >>

SHB 1155 passes Senate with an amendment that restricts nurses to 8-hour shifts

There is a saying about politics: “Laws are like sausages. It is best not to see them being made.” On the nurse staffing bill, SHB 1155, there is some very rancid sausage being made.... Read More >>

Proposed Hospital Licensing Fee Increase, Webinar Scheduled for May 8, 9:00-10:00 AM

The Department of Health (DOH) is proposing increases to hospital licensing fees from the current $138 to $220 per bed for hospitals licensed under 70.41 RCW and from $85 to $135 per bed for psychiatric and chemical dependency hospitals licensed under 71.12 RCW, about a 60 percent increase. ... Read More >>

Upcoming webinar on changes to the medical regulations by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has adopted some big changes to their medical regulations. The changes apply to medical, gamma knife and nuclear pharmacy licensees. ... Read More >>

From Inside Olympia: Hospital uninterrupted breaks bill advances, second cutoff has passed

The legislature passed another hurdle on Wednesday, April 3 with the policy cutoff for bills in the opposite chamber. ... Read More >>

Washington State Hospital Association coordinates filing amicus brief in support of the ACA

 On April 1, 2019, the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) joined 25 other state hospital associations in filing an amicus brief in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Hospital uninterrupted breaks bill advances, second cutoff has passed

Wednesday, April 3 was the policy cutoff for bills in the opposite chamber. Many of the bills WSHA supported continue to move through the process, but a small handful of very troubling bills continues to advance as well.... Read More >>

Washington State Department of Commerce announces $7.1m in grants for behavioral health care

Prior to the beginning of legislative session, WSHA identified several budget priorities to advocate for funding, especially regarding behavioral health care. ... Read More >>

WSHA coordinates filing amicus brief in support of the Affordable Care Act

This past Monday, WSHA joined 25 other state hospital associations in filing an amicus brief in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Senate releases budget, also positive for health care

Today, the Senate released its proposed 2019-21 operating budget, following the release of its capital budget earlier in the week. The Senate’s budget contains similar themes as the House budget, and it is also positive for health care. ... Read More >>

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