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Nov

8

2021

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) recently launched a campaign that encourages young people and professionals from diverse backgrounds to pursue a career in behavioral health. The behavioral health field, which includes mental health and substance use disorder services...

Oct

11

2021

  When Elizabeth and her family moved to Washington, their first jobs didn’t provide medical insurance and they weren’t sure how to find health resources. She knew her family needed affordable access to health care but didn’t know where to start. Elizabeth learned about Washington...

Sep

17

2021

Washington recently received $17.9 million from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of our portion of the preliminary savings achieved for the Medicare program during year six of our Health Home demonstration program. The savings are based on meeting cost and...

Sep

13

2021

Overall scores among Apple Health (Medicaid) clients in quality, satisfaction, and access to services are higher than ever, according to new client survey results. 1,251 clients were interviewed by telephone between October 2020 and March 2021: 92% of Apple Health clients say it’s easy to get...

Aug

31

2021

  In observance of suicide prevention month, HCA encourages Washingtonians to be there to help prevent suicide. Individuals can be present, supportive, and strong for those who may be going through a difficult time. Suicide is preventable, and you don’t need special training to prevent...

Aug

31

2021

Providing support for youth and young adults in the wake of losing a person to opioids is vital, and it may not look the same as other kinds of grief or healing. Taking action and offering resources can help mitigate immediate and long-term effects. Helping youth and young adults after they lose...

Jul

30

2021

What can you do? One thing you can do to prevent an overdose is to take back your unused medications. April 24 is the official day to take back your meds, but every day can be take back day. Here is a brief report on what we did for this year's National Drug Take Back Day. April 2021...

Jul

27

2021

The Washington State Health Care Authority supported Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) communities and community-based organizations with awareness events and activities in recognition of National Drug Take Back Day on April 24, 2021. Partners involved in organizing these...

Jun

21

2021

“I didn’t realize I could have health care while I tried to take care of my family,” said Amy, Washington Apple In the past year, Amy learned no matter your job or how well you plan, you never know when you’ll need extra help. “I couldn’t plan for a pandemic or for my mom to go through...

May

14

2021

Helping families on the dementia journey Around 120,000 people in Washington state have Alzheimer’s disease or another other type of dementia, and an estimated 295,000 unpaid family caregivers provide care or support for a relative. Receiving a diagnosis of any dementia is overwhelming - raising...

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