March 5, 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 by calling ProPoint at 866.448.9577.



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A Lifetime of Learning


Workforce development begins young, continues over lifetime

By AWB President Kris Johnson

We all want our kids to grow up in a state with good-paying job prospects and the training to match them.

Today, there is a laser focus by our association's membership and other groups about the need to fill the workforce pipeline with skilled, job-ready workers. There simply aren't enough workers to fill the high-tech, high-wage jobs available in our state and nation.

We're working to address that problem by advocating for robust career and technical programming in our middle and high schools, training and certificate programs for high-demand jobs at our state's community and technical colleges.

We'll be talking about those very issues at the second-annual AWB Workforce Summit on March 21 in Bellevue.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee Business World
Dealing with Debt

State needs to begin paying down its bond debt

By The Everett Herald Editorial Board

Duane Davidson, now in his second year of office, hasn't been one to pursue many policy issues with lawmakers, unlike his predecessor who outlined an ambitious tax reform proposal that earned little interest. But Davidson has taken a stand to defend against raids of the "rainy day" fund and asked lawmakers to consider using some of the additional revenue to pay down the state's bond debt, add to its "rainy day" reserves or pay more toward its unfunded pension obligations. Their choice.

"I think that money would be better spent paying down any debt, pick your debt," Davidson said.

And there's significant debt to pay down.

The state's Debt Affordability Study for 2018, released by Davidson's office, reports that the state's debt portfolio has over the course of the last 20 years grown from $6.8 billion to more than $19 billion and totals $21 billion when financing contracts are included....

Read the full editorial in The Herald
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