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Legislative Session Week 1

In this week’s update: Advocacy Camp & WSNA’s Legislative Reception, Rest Breaks Bill passes House! and Upcoming events


DOH adds third option to birth certificate

The Department of Health has announced that beginning Jan. 27, people will be allowed to change their sex designation on Washington birth certificates to “X,” adding a third option to birth certificates.




Year of the Healthy Nurse – December 2017

As the Year of the Healthy Nurse comes to a close this December, it doesn't mean that the effort has to stop! This month, we are celebrating healthy eating and healthy holidays.


Opioids patient fact sheet available in 22 languages

The Washington Health Alliance and Bree Collaborative teamed up to produce two info sheets on Opioids, one for providers, the other directed at patients. Public Health – Seattle & King County translated the patient sheet into 21 additional languages.






​Nurses required to enroll in Nursys

Beginning January 1, 2018, the Nursing Commission is requiring all nurses enroll with Nursys at the time of application for a new nursing license or licensure renewal.












Health Care Authority limits quantity of opioids

​In the spirit of preventing misuse and addiction to opioids and taking control of the opioid crisis, Washington state's Medicaid health plan, Apple Health, has set limits in the quantity of opioids that may be prescribed.








Operation Agua

AFT launched this operation to provide purifiers to the people in Puerto Rico whose island has been devastated by Hurricane Maria and left without safe water.


Presidential executive actions undermine ACA

The Trump administration took two actions on Thursday, Oct. 12, designed to weaken the Affordable Care Act: Trump signed an Executive Order directing government agencies to expand access to Association Health Plans and to expand Short-term Limited Duration Insurance to last up to a year. The Trump administration also announced an immediate halt to subsidies the federal government pays to health insurers to help cover the cost of individual insurance for lower-income Americans.