Ensuring Social Justice
Ensure access for all residents to comprehensive, uniform and affordable set of health services. These services shall be available regardless of one’s health status (ie pre-existing conditions) or financial status.
Issue Team Chair: Kim Abbey, firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 387-6134
2020 Legislative Session Expectations
(Interested in the 2019 Session Recap? Click Here)
During the first week of the session public hearings concerned the establishment of the prescription drug affordability board and creating a central insulin purchasing program were held. Now, in the second week, many new bills regarding post-partum care extension and protecting Medicaid coverage and regulation of vaping products will be heard in committee. These bills will need support from constituents to pass into law.
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Bills the League Supports
Bills the League is Watching
Two State based Single payer/Medicare for All bills
· SB 5222 Creating the Whole Washington Health Trust. Sponsor: Sen. Hasagawa
· HB 1104 Requiring the submission of a waiver to the federal government to create the Washington Health Security Trust. Sponsor: Rep. Appleton
In 2019 both State-based Single Payer bills only had readings before Committee and did not receive Public Hearings. What is a ‘health trust’? When the federal government grants waivers to individual states so that all federal Medicare and Medicaid funds are transferred to the state, then individual states are free to pass Single Payer/ improved Medicare for All health coverage plans. In WA State, if either of these bills were to become law, that would allow the creation of a Health Security Trust from which all providers and hospitals would be paid. The health trust would also collect funds from employers and residents, expected to be lower than employer based medical insurance is costing companies currently to cover their employees. Residents would receive comprehensive, uniform coverage directly paid by the WHST and would no longer need to purchase plans from for-profit Insurers, and would eliminate deductibles or co-pays. League members may write emails or phone your legislators starting right now to ask them to continue to sponsor these bills in 2020 and beyond.
TWO bills protecting women from adverse practices:
· SB 5257 Restricting the practice of female genital mutilation. Simply states that it is 'unprofessional conduct for a licensed health care provider to perform female genital mutilation and disciplining actions include fines, license revocations, and restrictions on practice can occur'. In 2019 this bill was voted DO PASS in the Health and LTC Committee but became stuck in Rules.
· SB 5282 Requiring informed consent for pelvic exams while under anesthesia. In 2019 this bill was voted DO PASS in the Health and LTC Committee but became stuck in Rules.
Bills the League Opposes
· HB 1526 Enacting the Washington pain capable unborn child protection act.
· HB 1560 Concerning restrictions on types of abortion.
· SB 5185 Requiring parental notification for minors to obtain abortion.