Reproductive Rights

Issue Team Chair: Susan Eidenschink – susaneiden [at] harbornet.com – (253) 365-4005
Assistant: Jo Rodman – rodmanjo45 [at] gmail.com – (253) 358-3622
Issue Paper: Reproductive Rights (PDF)

Update Week of March 11, 2018

SSB 6219 was the only reproductive rights bill supported by the League that passed in the 2018 Legislature Session, but it was an important bill that brought reproductive parity.

  • SSB 6219 Concerning health plan coverage for reproductive health care. This bill would ensure reproductive parity in all Washington state health plans. Access to the full range of health benefits and preventative services, as guaranteed under the laws of this state, provides all Washingtonians the opportunity to lead healthier and more productive lives. SSB 6219 establishes contraceptive coverage requirements for health plans and an abortion coverage requirement for health plans that provide coverage for maternity care. The governor signed this bill into law on March 21, 2018.

The following bills were supported by the League, but did not pass during the 2018 Legislative Session.

  • SB 6102 Enacting the employee reproductive choice act. SB 6102 clarifies the reproductive choice laws in Washington state in stating that barrier free access to birth control remains a fundamental right and that discriminating against women through limitations on access to essential health benefits is against the public policy of this state and subject to the human rights commission and the state’s laws against discrimination. It is an unfair practice for an employer who provides health insurance to it employees to fail to provide contraceptive coverage at no cost to the employee. This bill did not move on in the Legislative process.
  • SB 6105 Enacting the reproductive health access for all act. This bill authorizes a program to reimburse the cost of medically appropriate services, drugs, devices, products, and procedures for individuals who can become pregnant and who would eligible for medical assistance if not for Federal laws. The data collection and analysis of cost–effectiveness of this act is also authorized. This bill did not move on in the Legislative process.
  • HB 2409 Concerning health plan coverage for reproductive health care. This bill would ensure reproductive parity in all Washington state health plans. Access to the full range of health benefits and preventative services, as guaranteed under the laws of this state, provides all Washingtonians the opportunity to lead healthier and more productive lives. This bill did not move on in the Legislative process.
  • HB 1796 Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women. This bill requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee for a pregnancy-related or childbirth-related health condition, if requested, with written certification from a licensed health care provider. This bill did not move on in the Legislative process.
  • HB 1474 / SB 5299 Promoting healthy outcomes for pregnant women and infants. The state has an interest in assuring that children are given the opportunity to have a healthy start. In order to provide for those healthy starts the state is required to promote healthy pregnancies. These bills did not move on in the Legislative process.
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