• Congress on Recess, but Uncertainty Lingers

    The Republicans have not given up on repealing Obamacare, but attention appears to be shifting to a bipartisan approach to achieve market stability. Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, has pledged to work with Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, and the Senate Health Committee to convene hearings when Congress returns following Labor Day. Alexander […]

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  • Washington Lawmakers Weigh In

    “All lawmakers should be committed to working in a bipartisan manner to achieve needed improvements for our health care system. This should start with a commitment from President Trump that his administration will continue to pay the Affordable Care Act’s Cost-Sharing Reductions, in accordance with the law. This provision of the ACA was designed to […]

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  • Funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program Ends Soon

    Nearly 9 million children in families with incomes above Medicaid eligibility thresholds are covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in a year. In Washington State, 47,000 children are currently covered by CHIP. However, the program continues to be subject to short-term funding extensions, hampering planning and budgeting by state policymakers and families.  The […]

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  • State Legislative Session Wrap-up

    This week, NoHLA released summaries on passed legislation and the final operating budget relating to health care access in the Washington State Legislature. Check them out!

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  • Legislative Session Spotlight: Paid Family Leave

    The Washington State Legislature secured the passage of paid family leave this legislative session. While this is not directly health care-related, it will have a significant impact on the health of families in our state. Washington State tinkered around the edges of paid family leave previously, but never figured out how to fund it.  Family […]

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  • Open Enrollment Starts November 1

    This year, the open enrollment period to apply for or renew coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder (the WA Health Benefit Exchange) begins on November 1. Coverage must be purchased by December 15 for January 1, 2018 coverage, but the open enrollment period extends until January 15, 2018. Despite uncertainty at the federal level, this coverage remains […]

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  • Uncovering Maternal Mortality

    A flurry of articles lately address the troubling trend of increasing maternal mortality in the U.S., which has doubled in the last two decades. Two women die each day due to pregnancy-related complications and another 175 women suffer severe complications requiring major medical intervention — equivalent to about 65,000 close calls annually, according to the […]

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  • Good Start, But It’s Not Over Yet!

    We breathed a collective sigh of relief upon hearing the news Thursday night that the latest efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had failed. A few Republican Senators voted no: our collective phone calls, messages, conversations and personal stories were pivotal in achieving this outcome. But the fight is not over. The Senate […]

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  • Take Action by Giving Thanks!

    (1)    Thank Senators Murray and Cantwell for staying strong. Senator Patty Murray – (202) 224-2621 or ‪(206) 553-5545 Senator Maria Cantwell – (202) 224-3441 or (206) 220-6400   (2)    Thank Senators Collins, McCain and Murkowski for their NO votes. Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523 Senator John McCain – (202) 224-2235 Senator Lisa Murkowski – […]

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  • A Life Saving Outcome

    Our friend, Jane*, is also breathing a sigh of relief. Jane is a gardener who was uninsured for most of her adult life – until the Affordable Care Act made coverage a reality. For years, Jane dealt with various health issues that challenged her ability to make a living. When she enrolled in Washington’s Medicaid […]

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