HCA Connect blog

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Apr

28

2020

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington, HCA recognized the importance of allowing telehealth (phone and video-conferencing) so people could access health care even while staying home. In response, HCA made policy decisions and investments to get phones, laptops, software and...

Apr

3

2020

The Washington State Department of Health, the Health Care Authority, the Department of Social and Health Services and partner agencies have launched a statewide public awareness campaign to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Spread the Facts campaign urges people in Washington to...

Feb

27

2020

  Every year basketball fans are excited to celebrate the collegiate basketball tournament series known as March Madness. During this time, the gambling public will spend approximately $10 billion wagering on the outcomes of the games played. In response to this, March was selected as...

Feb

14

2020

  The Health Care Authority (HCA) has launched a Spanish version of the opioid awareness campaign Starts with One. Starts with One is designed to educate people about how to keep their friends and family safe from prescription opioid misuse. Now in its third year, the campaign...

Feb

12

2020

  Tackling the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major public health issue that requires out-of-the-box thinking. In Washington State, we have set an aggressive goal of eliminating HCV by 2030. Rising to the challenge of curing approximately 65,000 affected lives requires partnership,...

Feb

6

2020

  Teen prevention advocates traveled to the capitol for the annual Prevention Policy Day. The Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP) sponsored the January 20 event. This youth-focused advocacy day provides young people with a voice in the legislative...

Jan

24

2020

In an ongoing effort to combat the opioid crisis and prevent overdose deaths, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) rolled out a new year of our statewide campaign, Starts with One, on January 23. The campaign is designed to educate people about how to keep their friends and...

Dec

4

2019

  We are excited to share that as of July 1, peer support services are now included in both the mental health and substance use sections of the Medicaid State Plan. Washington State started offering certified peer counseling trainings in 2005, and was one of the first 11 states to deliver...

Dec

3

2019

Megan has been a foster parent in the Olympia area for several years, her home being a known safe place for social workers to place kids whose families are in crisis. All foster care children in Washington are enrolled in Apple Health Core Connections, part of the Health Care Authority’s...

Oct

28

2019

Medicaid-eligible clients enrolled in both Medicaid (Apple Health) and Medicare are known as “dual eligible clients,” and many are eligible to participate in Washington’s Health Home demonstration project approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). New analysis from CMS...

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