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Federal Ban on ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills Coming January 1
Business
Federal Ban on ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills Coming January 1
2021-10-01 19:48:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- A ban on so-called “surprise” medical bills --  unexpected, exorbitant health care bills for out-of-network care that arrive on insured patients' doorsteps, oftentimes when they are still at their most vulnerable - is on pace to go into... Read More

Washington State Airports Net $217M to Expand Operation
In The States
Washington State Airports Net $217M to Expand Operation
2021-06-25 17:16:16
by Brock Blasdell

Airports in Washington are receiving a combined $217 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to help maintain and expand operations.  The announcement follows the Biden administration’s springtime promise of $8 billion in funding under the American Rescue Plan... Read More

Senate Looks at Biden’s 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education
Education
Senate Looks at Biden’s 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education
2021-06-17 14:34:19
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON- The Senate Appropriations subcommittee met Wednesday to examine President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget request for the Department of Education. The $102.8 billion budget for the Department’s programs and activities is a $29.8 billion increase from the 2021 fiscal... Read More

Murray: More Attention Must Be Paid to Long-term Care Needs of Veterans
Veterans
Murray: More Attention Must Be Paid to Long-term Care Needs of Veterans
2021-06-10 11:21:45
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Sen. Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, is pushing for future investments in long-term care, improving VA’s relationship with state veterans homes, and expanding the care veterans residing in state-run veterans homes receive.... Read More

Murray, Brown Urge Colleagues to Expand Primary Care Access for Women And Children
Health
Murray, Brown Urge Colleagues to Expand Primary Care Access for Women And Children
2021-06-02 22:23:08
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, are urging their colleagues to pass the Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women & Children Act. This legislation is intended to expand access to primary care but it languished in... Read More

Tribal Communities Have ‘Worst of Both Worlds’ in Pandemic
Health
Tribal Communities Have ‘Worst of Both Worlds’ in Pandemic
2021-03-26 18:40:52
by Alexa Hornbeck

A recent Harvard study found that when it came to the combined economic and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, tribal communities “are having the worst of both worlds at the same time.” On Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor... Read More

Grassley Anticipates Bipartisan Push to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Grassley Anticipates Bipartisan Push to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
2019-08-27 20:46:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley, R- Iowa, is expected to mount a full-court, bipartisan press to see that legislation lowering prescription drug prices is passed before the end of the year. Chairman Grassley recently met with Senate Health... Read More

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