February 19, 2018
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AWB HealthChoice members can get access to medical care anytime, anywhere



The thousands of employees who are covered by AWB's HealthChoice Trust Premera plans now can access immediate health care through their phones or tablets. Teladoc is not intended to replace a member’s primary care physician, but is a convenient alternative to urgent care and unnecessary emergency room visits.

Common conditions treated by Teladoc include: bronchitis, respiratory infection, sinus problems, allergies and influenza. The cost of your virtual care visit with Teladoc or your doctor is based on your standard in-network office visit cost shares (copay or deductible and coinsurance).

The mobile app is the most convenient way to connect to Teladoc which allows you to schedule a doctor visit, manage your medical history, or even send a prescription to the nearest pharmacy – all from the palm of your hand. The mobile app is available on the Google Play store and the Apple App store.

More information is available at: https://member.teladoc.com/premera or call ProPoint at 866.448.9577.



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B&O Tax Relief for Manufacturers
Support All Manufacturers


AWB tells House committee, 'It's time to let all manufacturers win'

By Jason Hagey, AWB

AWB President Kris Johnson called on lawmakers to lower the business and occupation (B&O) tax rate for all Washington manufacturers, not just those in some parts of the state, during a hearing Friday before the House Finance Committee.

In its current form, Substitute House Bill 2947 would lower the B&O rate for manufacturers in 30 counties. It would leave out nine counties, including many that consist largely of rural areas, such as Kitsap and Benton.

"It's time to let all manufacturers win," Johnson said, echoing language that Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Ballard, used during a floor speech last week on a separate measure aimed at boosting Washington's boat manufacturers. "We're going to let our fishing fleet win," Tarleton declared before the House voted 97-1 in favor of her bill.
Read the full blog and watch the video at Olympia Business Watch
Preserving Local Commitment


Avista sale is good for customers, community

By Scott Morris, CEO, Avista Corp.

Six months ago, Avista and Hydro One announced plans to combine and form one of North America's largest regulated utilities. Since that time, as we've moved toward closing, our confidence has only grown in the benefits of this merger for all of our stakeholders, from our customers and employees to our shareholders and the communities we serve.

Given the central role that Avista plays in its service territories, both as an energy provider and a member of the community, we understand why customers and community members want assurances that they will continue to receive safe, reliable and high-quality energy at a fair price and that Avista will continue to be an active corporate citizen.

The short answer is that the proposed transaction is designed to help preserve -- and even enhance -- Avista's commitments to its customers and its communities. In a changing industry landscape, joining forces with Hydro One will help safeguard Avista's proud legacy and way of doing business...

Read the full op-ed in The Spokesman-Review
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