Category Archives: Marcus Riccelli

House Democrats announce support for Dr. Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine

OLYMPIA – Following the tragic loss of Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President of Washington State University, students and leaders across the state have rallied around the idea of naming the WSU medical school in his honor. In that spirit, State Representatives Sam Hunt, Chris Reykdal, Timm Ormsby, and Marcus Riccelli sponsored legislation to honor Dr. Floyd’s memory by naming the future WSU Medical School after him. The driving force behind the creation of the WSU Medical School, Dr. Floyd has … Continue reading

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Statement from Rep. Riccelli on passing of Dr. Elson Floyd

“I am deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of WSU President Elson Floyd. His legacy in Pullman, Spokane, and our state is immeasurable and has created long-lasting opportunities for all current, former, and future students for many years to come. He was the definitive champion for moving WSU forward. “Despite his health concerns, Dr. Floyd worked tirelessly to create a path for a new generation of doctors to engage in cutting-edge community-based training to ensure Washington patients get the care … Continue reading

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Special Session Update

Dear Friends, We left the last session with a big divide between the House and Senate budgets. I wanted to update you on where we are at in the special session. Yesterday afternoon I was pleased to support the passage of legislation that will ensure children on Apple Health (Medicaid) have the same access to “Bright Futures” developmental and autism screenings as other kids. Families on Apple Health already have a tougher time than most, and it doesn’t make things any easier … Continue reading

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Healthy infant legislation passes legislature

All infants and toddlers will receive the recommended autism screenings to identify developmental issues and disabilities, under legislation passed today by the legislature. Currently, all private insurance plans in Washington cover screenings for autism and other developmental disabilities for infants and toddlers, as these screenings are part of the nationally recognized standard of well child care. By comparison, the most vulnerable children in the state, who receive health care through the Apple Health for Kids program, currently only receive one … Continue reading

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News From The Capitol: End of Session and the Challenge Ahead

Legislative Achievements   Affected families gather at the signing of Rep. Riccelli’s bill to screen newborns for critical congenital heart defects. The Legislative Session has come to a close. We’ve accomplished a lot in the past few months–paved the way for a new WSU medical school, ensured that every newborn in Washington can get life-saving heart screenings, and increased access to low-cost prescription drugs. These measures will lower health care costs, increase access to care, and even save lives. I am proud to champion these efforts to keep our … Continue reading

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