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Category Archives: Healthcare

SIFF Documentary Review: Our Bodies Our Doctors is a timely reminder of the importance of reproductive rights

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Our Bodies Our Doctors, a film about reproductive rights that's being screened at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Washington State Legislature adjourns Sine Die; Jay Inslee says session a huge success

Excerpt: The 2019 Washington State legislative session has adjourned Sine Die. Read NPI's recap of the session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Washington State Senate passes bill ending the personal exemption for MMR vaccine

Excerpt: Parents in Washington may soon no longer be able to opt schoolchildren out of being vaccinated for measles, mumps, or rubella on philosophical grounds.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bill to enshrine Patient Protection Act provisions into state law heads to Inslee

Excerpt: Washingtonians worried about Donald Trump's efforts to destroy the Patient Protection Act can take comfort in knowing that their state government has taken action to protect the health freedoms they gained during the Obama years.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Washington State House passes bill ending the personal exemption for MMR vaccine

Excerpt: Parents in Washington may soon no longer be able to opt schoolchildren out of being vaccinated for measles, mumps, or rubella on philosophical grounds.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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WA-08 hopeful Jason Rittereiser: How I got to single payer healthcare

Excerpt: "In politics, this is still a matter of debate. But to many Americans, this isn’t an abstract question: it’s a question of life or death for millions of families without access to affordable health insurance. Watching a close friend face this very question was what convinced me we must enact a single-payer system."
Written by:Jason Rittereiser
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Immigration, healthcare, economic security discussed at Pramila Jayapal’s latest town hall

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal's sixteenth town hall, held Wednesday, May 2nd at the Seattle Central Public Library in downtown Seattle.
Written by:Alison Wendler
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Education, Elections
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Why states are a good place to fight for health care as a human right

Excerpt: The path to single-payer health care can, and perhaps will, begin in the states themselves, Robert Cruickshank writes.
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Victory! Washington State House sends Breakfast After The Bell to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: One of the bills long stymied by the Senate Republicans in their graveyard of progress has finally left the Legislature and is now on its way to Governor Inslee. 2ESHB 1508, known as Breakfast After The Bell, has been given final approval by the Washington State House following changes to the bill by the Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The curious logic of Professor Adam Carroll

Excerpt: NPI's David Johnson responds to Professor Adam Carroll's New York Times Upshot post arguing that preventative care doesn't actually save money.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Victory! Breakfast After The Bell just sailed out of the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: Help is on the way for young Washingtonians who aren't getting enough to eat before the start of their school day. 2ESHB 1508, which would direct high-needs schools to offer Breakfast After The Bell programs to students, has just sailed out of the Washington State Senate with overwhelming support.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Breakfast after the bell legislation easily clears the Washington State House again

Excerpt: The Washington State House of Representatives has once again given overwhelming, bipartisan support to a bill (HB 1508) that requires qualifying high needs high schools to offer breakfast after the bell programs to students following the commencement of the school day.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trump regime sends Tom Price packing after disastrous tenure at Health & Human Services

Excerpt: Good riddance: Tom Price, the health and human services secretary, resigned under pressure on Friday after racking up at least $400,000 in travel bills for chartered flights and undermining [Donald] Trump’s promise to drain the swamp of a corrupt and entitled capital. Already in trouble with Mr. Trump for months of unsuccessful efforts to repeal […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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John McCain announces his opposition to Graham-Cassidy, likely dooming the bill

Excerpt: "I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried.," McCain said in a statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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