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Jul

18

2019

HCA has created the Emerging Therapies Workgroup in response to interest in new treatment methods from the medical community and patients alike. The workgroup’s primary function is to look at prospective and emerging therapies – specifically their impacts on patients in Washington State. This is...

Jun

27

2019

Earlier this year, Gov. Inslee declared June as Alzheimer and Brain Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder that causes memory loss and affects self-care, decision making and behavior. There are currently...

Jun

25

2019

One of the most effective ways to counteract stigma about substance use disorder and mental illness is through stories of those who have lived experience with these issues. Two members of HCA’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council (BHAC) recently shared their stories of hope as part of the council...

May

15

2019

  Every day, an average of two Washington residents die from an opioid-related overdose. The Washington Legislature passed a bill (Senate Bill 5380) addressing the opioid epidemic by expanding treatment, prevention, and services for people affected by opioid use disorder and their families...

May

15

2019

This week Governor Inslee is signing into law Senate Bill 5415, the Washington Indian Health Improvement Act. Governor Inslee signs into law the Washington Indian Health Improvement Act. The bill enacts recommendations from the Governor’s Indian Health Council. Created by the...

May

15

2019

  A living wage and a safe home are parts of American life often taken for granted. For people with disabilities, however, it can be a very different story. Washington’s Pathways program is changing that story. WA Pathways to Employment (P2E) is a web-based toolkit for people...

May

15

2019

When Jamie was 24, she found out she was diabetic. The news sent her into a panic. Jamie knew she couldn’t afford the out-of-pocket costs for insulin. She also suffered from other ailments related to diabetes, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The medications she would need...

May

15

2019

One in five people are affected by mental illness. During the month of May, the Health Care Authority's (HCA) Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) works to raise awareness about mental health. The goals include: Raising awareness, Fighting stigma, Providing...

May

10

2019

In a letter to stakeholders and partners this week, HCA Director Sue Birch summarized the 2019 legislative session, which she called a "productive and historic" session for Washington. "The policies passed this session will truly help us build a healthier Washington," she said. "For example...

Apr

19

2019

Seventy-five percent of opioid misuse starts by someone taking a pain medication that was not prescribed to them. On Saturday, April 27, you can help. Join the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and return your unused medications to a collection center near you. You are in control of...

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