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Washington HealthPlanFinder


Washington was one of the first states in the nation to take steps to establish a state-based Exchange under national health care reform, under leader-ship by then Gov. Gregoire and the Legislature. By moving forward, we have set the stage to create an online health insurance marketplace that will meet the unique needs of the thousands of uninsured residents of Washing-ton State. Through ongoing engagement and feedback - from our commit-tees and Board, to our industry partners and consumer stakeholders - we know that the Washington HealthPlanFinder will be something we can truly call our own.  PLEASE Note the section on the Small Business Options Program (SHOP) for small businesses with 2 to 50 employees.

Read the Complete February HealthPlanFinder Newsletter:

Courtesy of Richard Onizuka, Chief Executive Officer (3/5/2013)

Step Up and Go Program Distills Eating and Exercise Advice Into Easy-to-Digest Advice


Step Up GoHealth advice comes from all directions – doctors, media, friends, school, work. Sometimes, said Emily Fleury, a director at Inland Northwest
Health Services, we get so much advice about staying healthy – and sometimes seemingly conflicting advice – that many people file it in their minds as junk mail. They ignore it all. That’s why INHS and other organizations behind the 2-year-old Step Up and Go program created a program that distills eating and exercise advice into easy-to-digest bites. The 85210 program offers five daily guidelines – one per digit – for preventing obesity. >Read More (courtesy of, 11/9/2012)

Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Reform


The United States Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court justices today voted to keep the individual mandate as a tax, in its ruling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). According to the Supreme Court blog, the entire PPACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government has the power to terminate states' Medicaid funds. more> (Courtesy,, 6/28/2012)

WSMA Press Statement: The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) Responds to Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Affordable Care Act

WSMA Reaction: The Importance of Preserving a Strong Patient‐Physician Relationship Douglas R. Myers, MD – President, Washington State Medical Association

AMA Response: Supreme Court Decision Protects Much-Needed Health Insurance Coverage for Millions of Americans

Congratulations to Our 1000th Leadership Spokane Graduate!


Laura Richardson, MD, MPHOn Thursday, June 7 more than 300 people joined together in celebrating the Graduation of the Leadership Spokane Classes of 2012. Dr. Terri Oskin (Columbia Medical Associates/President, Spokane County Medical Society) was the 1000th Leadership Spokane graduate to walk across the stage. (6/28/2012)


Adolescents and Young Adults with Mental Health Disorders at Risk of Long-Term Opioid Use


Laura Richardson, MD, MPHPatients ages 13 to 24 who are given opioids for pain are more than twice as likely to become addicted if they have mental health disorder, according to a study by Dr. Laura Richardson, UW associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of General Pediatrics, and a team of investigators at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the UW. The study, “Mental Health Disorders and Long-term Opioid Use among Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Pain,” was published in the June 2012 Journal of Adolescent Health. Read more>
(courtesy of UW Medicine Online News, 6/22/2012)

Please also view the Pain Management Resources section in the Main Menu under Members for a comprehensive list of resources.

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