HCA Connect blog

Sep

19

2018

The Health Care Authority's requests for the 2019-2021 state operating budget include proposed investments to strengthen our state's community behavioral health system and to implement the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program in 2020.  "As with past budget requests...

Aug

13

2018

In 2018, HCA began implementing the single preferred drug list (PDL) for Apple Health (Medicaid) client prescription medications. In order to manage complexity of the transition, a phased approach was chosen: Phase 1 began in January, Phase 2 in July, and Phase 3 will begin in October. HCA...

Jul

31

2018

Individuals from certain Pacific Island nations will soon have a new health care coverage option in Washington. Under a new law passed by the Legislature in 2018 and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, HCA will pay health care premiums for qualified individuals from Compact of Free Association (COFA...

Jul

26

2018

As Washington moves toward integrating physical and behavioral health statewide for Apple Health (Medicaid) clients by 2020, HCA has announced final decisions about which managed care plans will offer coverage in different regions of the state beginning in 2019 and 2020. These decisions were...

Jul

9

2018

Health Care Authority (HCA) Director Sue Birch today announced the appointment of Dr. Judy Zerzan as chief medical officer.  The chief medical officer leads HCA’s clinical policy decision-making, and helps ensure HCA’s decisions lead to high-quality care for the more than 2 million Washington...

Jun

13

2018

On June 12, Governor Jay Inslee honored 20 state agency managers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, including HCA's own Dave Iseminger, director of Employee and Retiree Benefits Division, and Dr. Charissa Fotinos, our deputy chief medical officer. The 2018 Governor’s Award for...

Jun

6

2018

HCA will welcome about 120 employees from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) on July 1, as we take on responsibility for the state’s community behavioral health system. This includes community-based mental health services and substance use disorder prevention and treatment. Why...

Jun

4

2018

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a scorecard meant to increase public transparency into states’ performance in managing Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program. This is a beta version of the scorecard, and CMS has indicated it will evolve...

May

15

2018

Julie Liles, a community based specialist located in Shelton, shares with us the work she does and why it's important to her.

May

7

2018

Just how many nurses work at the Health Care Authority? The magic number hovers around three dozen for those employed in nursing positions. And HCA is also fortunate to employ a handful of nurses who apply the critical thinking and judgment skills of their profession to various positions—including...

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