WASHINGTON

July 3, 2015

City

Mayor seeks new agency to oversee growth, quality of life

Daniel Beekman - The Seattle Times - June 24, 2015

Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order Tuesday paving the way for the creation of a new cabinet office to manage Seattle’s ongoing construction and population boom. FULL ARTICLE

County

FEMA grant goes to Snohomish County to buy Oso properties

Beena Raghavendran - The Seattle Times - June 24, 2015

A FEMA award — plus matched grants from the state and Snohomish County — will assist as the county buys back property in the flood-risk area. FULL ARTICLE

State

Washington state's uninsured rate drops to lowest since 1987

Emily Parkhurst - Puget Sound Business Journal - June 24, 2015

The Affordable Care Act has been good for many Washington state residents who were previously uninsured. FULL ARTICLE

Tribal

Swinomish leader Brian Cladoosby fights for salmon and sovereignty

Brian J. Cantwell - The Seattle Times - June 22, 2015

SKAGIT COUNTY — It’s not Brian Cladoosby’s day. Gorgeous and sunny, yes. Blue-green Skagit River waters swirl around his Boston Whaler fishing boat. A breeze rustles riverbank alders. Swallows swoop overhead and snowy mountains peek over Fir Island. But Brian Cladoosby is getting skunked. FULL ARTICLE

Federal

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies

Adam Liptak - The New York Times - June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Obama’s health care law may provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance. FULL ARTICLE

House committee passes HHS funding bill that cuts AHRQ

Steven Ross Johnson - Modern Healthcare - June 24, 2015

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday voted 30-21 in favor of passing a draft fiscal 2016 budget for HHS that would eliminate the agency responsible for supporting research on the effectiveness of medical practices.  FULL ARTICLE

CBO: 21st Century Cures will cost $106 billion

Steven Ross Johnson - Modern Healthcare - June 24, 2015

The 21st Century Cures Act, a fast-moving bill aimed at fueling medical innovation, would cost $106 billion to implement and its cost-saving provisions—including limiting Medicaid pay for durable medical equipment—would yield $12 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. FULL ARTICLE

CBO report on ACA repeal pits economic growth against personal freedom

Harris Meyer - Modern Healthcare - June 23, 2015

Last year, Modern Healthcare profiled a young New Yorker, Philip Murray, who was grateful the Affordable Care Act allowed him to buy affordable individual health insurance. FULL ARTICLE

Leaders Speak

Nathan Johnson
HCA chief policy officer for policy, planning and performance

HEALTHIER WASHINGTON - A "first mover" Innovation of the Health Care Authority

Ana Mari Cauce
Interim President UW, Professor of Psychology and American Ethnic Studies

Global Innovation Exchange

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