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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

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Oct

2016

Washington secures Medicaid 1115 waiver

In October, Washington received preliminary authorization on an agreement between the state and federal government for a five-year Medicaid demonstration waiver to continue implementing the governor’s Healthier Washington plan.

30

Sep

2016

Preliminary budget and policy priorities for affordable housing and homelessness

Several months ago, Governor Inslee asked the Housing Alliance and AWC to send housing and homelessness priorities to him for the 2017 legislative session.

17

Jun

2016

NLC addresses the homelessness crisis facing cities across our nation – join Washington cities in a conversation about these issues at our Annual Conference

NLC recently posted an article by Elisha Harig-Blaine, Principal Associate for Housing, about how cities can best address homeless encampments.

28

Apr

2016

Good start but much more needed in homelessness, affordable housing and human services sectors

The start of the 2016 supplemental legislative session saw significant interest and momentum in the homelessness, human services and housing (HHH) arenas, including great attention from the city family.

11

Mar

2016

Governor to hold race and equity summit in April, cities encouraged to attend

On April 15, Governor Inslee will host a Race and Equity summit, bringing together groups and activists to discuss collaborative efforts to ensure that every Washingtonian has an equal and fair opportunity for success statewide.

4

Mar

2016

Governor meets with city officials to discuss affordable housing and homelessness

Governor Inslee met with city officials, Department of Commerce representatives and advocates on Friday to discuss the affordable housing and homelessness crisis cities and counties around the state are facing.

4

Mar

2016

Senate budget language potentially hampers efforts to support Medicaid programs, including housing and homelessness initiatives

The Senate’s proposed 2016 supplemental budget contains language that could hamper the Health Care Authority’s (HCA) efforts to support Washington’s efforts in transforming our health care delivery system through the Healthier Washington Initiative.

4

Mar

2016

Bill providing continuity of care for recipients of Medicaid passes Legislature

SB 6430, sponsored by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (R-Wenatchee), successfully passed the Legislature.

19

Feb

2016

Bill providing continuity of care for recipients of Medicaid advances

SB 6430, sponsored by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (R-Wenatchee), successfully passed before the February 17 cutoff deadline and continues to move through the Legislature.

12

Feb

2016

New AWC data portal story map explores issues around homelessness, human services and housing

Issues around homelessness, human services and housing are plaguing communities large and small across Washington.

29

Jan

2016

Public hearing scheduled for important bill addressing incarcerated populations on Medicaid

SB 6430/HB 2850, Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (R-Wenatchee) and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-Capitol Hill), comes out of recommendations of the Adult Behavioral Health Task Force.

17

Dec

2015

AWC hosts first human services and homelessness summit, what’s next?

On December 1, over 60 city officials convened at the Shoreline City Hall for a day-long summit to discuss issues around homelessness, housing and human services.
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