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Over-the-counter COVID-19 testing coverage: What you need to know

Over-the-counter COVID-19 testing coverage: What you need to know

Access to COVID-19 testing is a critical component of public health and safety, enabling our members to navigate the pandemic. Through new guidance issued by the federal government public health emergency, Regence will cover the cost of a diagnostic over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 test with no provider prescription required, beginning Jan. 15, 2022.
January 15, 2022 All Markets
State of Reform 2022: Fighting for solutions and managing challenges

State of Reform 2022: Fighting for solutions and managing challenges

The Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference unfolded this month amid skyrocketing COVID cases and nearly two years into a global pandemic. State of Reform host DJ Wilson acknowledged the upheaval in his opening remarks. “I think we’re all struggling a bit to varying degrees, and it’s worth saying that things are hard.”
January 13, 2022 Washington
FDA and CDC expand booster shot eligibility to youth age 12+ and shortens timeframe for receiving booster

FDA and CDC expand booster shot eligibility to youth age 12+ and shortens timeframe for receiving booster

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have expanded the emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine booster shot eligibility to include children ages 12 to 15. This follows the agency’s December announcement that expanded booster shot guidance to include youth 16 and older. Additionally, instead of receiving a booster shot six months after the completion of the initial series, new guidance holds that everyone age 12 and older can receive a booster shot five months after completion of the initial series.
January 06, 2022 All Markets
Ronald McDonald House Charities Utah and Regence partner to provide mental health care for local children and families

Ronald McDonald House Charities Utah and Regence partner to provide mental health care for local children and families

As Jim Swayze recalls it, the idea hit him like a “lightning bolt” during a board meeting for Ronald McDonald House Charities Utah. Its CEO, Carrie Romano, shared her vision to provide skilled mental health care and grief support onsite for families while their children are treated for serious, often life-threatening illnesses or injuries. During this unimaginably vulnerable time, loved ones too often have to say their final goodbyes.
January 04, 2022 Utah
A decline in childhood MMR vaccinations increases risk of measles outbreaks

A decline in childhood MMR vaccinations increases risk of measles outbreaks

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showed a nearly 40% reduction in the number of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations administered to 2- to 8-year-olds in Idaho from March to May of 2020 — compared to the same period in 2018 and 2019. Oregon and Washington saw a greater than 60% vaccination reduction among their 2- to 8-year-olds during the same period.
December 13, 2021 All Markets

A.M. Best ratings reaffirm Regence health plans’ financial strength, stability

A.M. Best, the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source, reaffirmed an “A” (Excellent) Financial Strength Rating (FSR); and an “a” Issuer Credit Rating (ICR) for the Regence family of health insurance plans located in Oregon, Utah and Washington. A.M. Best also reaffirmed Regence’s “A-” (Excellent) Financial Strength Rating (FSR) and “a-” Issuer Credit Rating (ICR) for the health plan in Idaho. All state ratings included a “stable” outlook.
December 10, 2021 All Markets
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