Legislative session: First cutoff passes, proactive nursing bill advancing

Friday, Feb. 22 was the cutoff for most bills to move out of their original policy committee. See our full status report of our high-priority bills in this week’s edition of Inside Olympia. ... Read More >>

Washington Healthplanfinder enrollment crosses the 200,000 threshold

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that more than 200,000 people purchased their 2019 health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, during the most recent open enrollment period held Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 of last year.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Proactive nurse fatigue bill advances, first cutoff has passed

We are pleased to report that SB 5344, the proactive nurse fatigue bill supported by WSHA, has advanced through the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care. Contacts made by hospital leaders and staff to legislators encouraging their support of the bill has been crucial to ensure this bill passed this first hurdle in the legislative process. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Creating a public option health insurance plan, establishing a system for setting rates for health care services and more

HB 1523/SB 5556 would allow health insurance carriers to offer Washingtonians the option to purchase lower-costing health insurance coverage on the Health Benefit Exchange (the individual market). WSHA supports expanding access to health care coverage, but we have concerns with this bill. ... Read More >>

Much work ahead in the legislative session

Friday, Feb. 22 marks the first cutoff of the state legislative session, when most bills need to advance out of their original policy committee to continue being considered. This session has been especially active for WSHA, as we are working on many high-priority issues that impact health care in our state. ... Read More >>

Department of Health corrects 2019 PCI projection

In the Feb. 14 edition of Weekly Report, WSHA highlighted that the Washington State Department of Health posted the 2019 percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) numeric need projections.... Read More >>

Department of Health issues 2019 PCI need projection – certificate of need applications due Feb. 28

The Washington State Department of Health has posted the 2019 percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) numeric need projections. ... Read More >>

Department of Health reschedules charity care rules workshop meeting date to March 5

Changes to Washington State’s charity care rules are extremally important to WSHA and our member hospitals. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: WSHA’s nurse staffing bill to get hearing this week

Thank you all who joined WSHA’s hospital advocacy day last week! We had a great turnout with about 75 hospital leaders joining us for about 80 legislative visits. This week is a busy week in Olympia with many bills of interest up for hearings. This is also a first for many of us at WSHA – multiple hearings have been cancelled and rescheduled due to snow. The legislature is known for powering through regardless of weather conditions. ... Read More >>

Containing Washington State’s measles outbreak

Containing a measles outbreak takes a whole community response, led by governmental public health. It usually starts with an attentive health care provider quickly identifying and reporting a suspected measles case to their local health department.... Read More >>

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