Washington

States are testing a myriad of models that strive to achieve the Triple Aim objectives of improved care, reduced health care costs, and better health. Though several statewide health care delivery and payment system reforms have been shown to help slow the growth of health care expenditures and improve methods for delivering health care, taken […]

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  • The State of State Health Policy: Governors’ 2016 State of the State Addresses

    State of State speeches provide governors with an opportunity to highlight recent policy successes as well as outline key plans and issue areas of focus for the coming year. These speeches are generally strong indicators of governors’ main priorities and sometimes also include specific proposal suggestions and funding recommendations for deliberation by legislatures. Currently, 31 […]

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  • Washington State: State Strategies to Enroll Justice-Involved Individuals in Health Coverage

    Policy and Process Changes State Legislation Prior to passage of the ACA, processes to enroll justice-involved individuals with severe mental illnesses in Medicaid had been in place in Washington due to a directive based on state legislation. In subsequent years the state also enrolled Medicaid-eligible incarcerated individuals if they were admitted for inpatient health care […]

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    December 17, 2015 | Filed under: Washington

  • State Health Policy Blog

    Keeping a Focus on Children During Open Enrollment

    The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) third annual open enrollment period kicked off November 1st and continues through January 31, 2016. During this time, individuals can enroll or renew coverage in qualified health plans through state and federal exchanges. The ACA’s open enrollment period is a great time to focus on reaching and enrolling children as […]

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  • Webinars
    A Conversation with State Officials on Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage

    A Conversation with State Officials on Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage

    Oral health is an important part of overall health, however, access to dental coverage for low-income adults remains a challenge, particularly since these benefits are optional for state Medicaid programs. In this webinar, Medicaid officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington—three states that have recently taken action on their adult dental benefits—will share insights on important factors in the decision to add, reinstate, or introduce adult dental benefits; how adult dental benefits fits into the larger health reform discussion in each state; successes and challenges each state has faced since implementation; and future policy considerations.

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    June 30, 2015 | Filed under: Colorado, Iowa, Oral Health, Washington, Webinars

  • Washington – Medical Homes

    Washington State has pursued multiple efforts to advance medical homes: Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot: Authority for Washington State’s multi-payer Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Pilot came in 2009 through Substitute Senate Bill 5891. This legislation directed the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to develop, launch, […]

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    April 1, 2014 | Filed under: Washington

  • Washington

    In Washington: There were a total of 1,182,587 beneficiaries enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program as of July 2011. Of these, 1,041,904 were enrolled in Washington’s Apple Health managed care program through one of eight commercial managed care organizations (MCOs). The Apple Health MCOs provide physical health services, while Medicaid dental services are offered on […]

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    November 5, 2013 | Filed under: Washington

  • Washington 2014 CHIP Fact Sheet

    2014 NASHP CHIP Fact Sheet – Washington 2012 NASHP CHIP Fact Sheet – Washington 2010 NASHP CHIP Fact Sheet – Washington 2008 NASHP CHIP Fact Sheet – Washington Additional States’ CHIP Fact Sheets… Adobe Acrobat .PDF printable versions of the Washington NASHP CHIP Fact Sheets Key Highlights: Program Type: Washington operates a separate CHIP program, […]

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    December 6, 2012 | Filed under: Washington

  • Washington

    In 2010, Chapter 220, Laws of 2010 RCW 70.54.420 directed the Washington Health Care Authority to “appoint a lead organization by January 1, 2011, to support at least one integrated health care delivery system and one network of nonintegrated community health care providers in establishing two distinct accountable care organization (ACO) pilot projects.” The Health […]

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    August 21, 2012 | Filed under: Washington

  • Governance — Washington

    In Washington, OneHealthPort will lead the overall HIE effort in Washington (development of policies, standards, business models, pricing) but will report to the legislature. The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) will administer HITECH funds. A qualified not-for-profit will review and approve utility pricing and security/privacy policies, as well as monitor HCA HITECH grant implementation.

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    March 31, 2010 | Filed under: Washington