Legislative Information

The Jefferson County Democrats sent this handy overview out. Hearings are underway for bills already introduced, comment periods are open, and things are moving very quickly.

The legislature’s site for tracking all bills is here:  Bill Information

Lobby days in Olympia focus on causes. Many of the scheduled lobby days are listed here:
Lobby days
A few of the many important lobby days scheduled very soon are:
January 16 – Health Care for All Washington
January 18 – NARAL Pro-Choice WA
January 23 – Immigrant and Refugee Rights Rally

How you can watch and participate in the legislative process from the comfort of your home. A list of bills being considered by the state legislature was matched up with a Washington State Democratic priorities agenda. It isn’t comprehensive nor does it include all of many important bills being considered but it is a covers a lot (over 80 bills) that are important to Democrats on most issues. The dates and time of bill hearings is generally known a few days in advance only.
The schedule is updated weekly and even daily. You can go here
2018 Bill Hearing Schedule
to find next weeks hearing schedules. That document is always being updated you can keep referring to it for updates.
What you will see, for example:
SB 6034    would allow county PUDs to provide end user telecommunications
When: 1/17   8:00
Comment here
Click on Senate Bill 6034 to learn more about the bill. Click on “Comment here” to leave a comment for the committee in charge of the bill.  “When” is the time the committee has scheduled a hearing on the bill. To watch any hearing on TVW, click on the bill, scroll down to available videos and watch live or later. So bookmark weekly 2018 bill hearings schedule or find it on the website.

Some important bills:

HB 1026 – Health Security Trust. – Appears dead. Not yet out of committee. No hearings scheduled as of 1/26
SB 5701 – Apple Care Trust. – Appears dead. Not yet out of committee. Had hearing on 1/16.
HB 1800 – Voting Rights Act (re-introduced)
SB 5991 – DISCLOSE Act, Increasing transparency of contributions.
HB 1075 – Capital Budget and HB 1080 – Bonds for Capital Budget. (Tharinger’s bills).
SB 5772 – Property Tax reform. – Appears dead? No actions taken as of 1/26
SB 5464 and HB 2059 – Washington Investment trust (Hasegawa’s bills).

SB 6601 – Temporary Medicaid funding to help Grays Harbor and Port Angeles Community Hospitals bridge the fact that the Feds have chosen not to properly reimburse for Medicaid coverage. Hospitals losing money with every patient, and as the old joke goes, “you can’t make it up on volume”.

Senior Lobby Day in Olympia 2/22

From the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action
Are you planning to go to Senior Lobby Day in Olympia, Thursday, February 22? If you haven’t made your reservation yet, please RSVP immediately.
Email govrelations@psara.org or call the PSARA office, 206-448-9646. If you need a ride or you can provide rides, please let us know.

 

Senior Lobby Day is our chance to speak with our elected representatives in Olympia about PSARA’s legislative goals. With Democrats now in control of both chambers of the legislature, this will be our best chance in years to promote PSARA’s progressive agenda.

 

The day will start at 8:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast at United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Avenue SE, Olympia. A box lunch will also be provided at 11:30 a.m. Speakers, including PSARA lobbyist Pam Crone, will discuss legislative issues.

 

All PSARA members are also invited to meet with State House Speaker Frank Chopp at 1:30 p.m.

 

This event is FREE for all PSARA members.

 

Our elected officials need to hear your stories! RSVP for Senior Lobby Day today.

 

 

 

Bill would help hospital with its financial woes – The Daily World

Insufficient Medicaid reimbursals are helping sink rural hospitals. One of the hospitals this is meant to help is in Grays Harbor, another in Port Angeles.  Senator Van de Wege put it forward with hours just hours before the cutoff. It’s Senate Bill 6601.

OLYMPIA — A bill that would provide temporary funding to ease a financial crisis at Grays Harbor Community Hospital and two other financially struggling hospitals in the state was introduced Tuesday, just hours ahead of the bill cutoff for financial measures.

https://www.thedailyworld.com/news/bill-would-help-hospital-with-its-financial-woes/

Jefferson Healthcare – Free Menopause Discussion Group

News Release – For Immediate Release

Contact: Elizabeth Clapp, Practice Manager Women’s Health Clinic, 360.344.0403

Port Townsend, WA Jefferson Healthcare Women’s Health Clinic is hosting a five week discussion for pre and menopausal women. Starting February 23, and continuing March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30 from noon to 1:00 pm in the Women’s Health Clinic on the main campus. The best treatment for menopause is information. Topics to be explored in a supportive atmosphere with other women include: menopause overview, managing menopause with hormones, sexual health, pelvic health and other medical impacts of menopause. All registered participants receive a complimentary copy of the Menopause Guidebook.

The group is facilitated by Jefferson Healthcare’s Jane Albee, ARNP and Certified Menopause Practitioner through the North American Menopause Society. Jane has been a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for thirty-five years. Prior to moving to the Olympic Peninsula in 1991, Jane worked in college Health. Jane was the clinic manager for the Hall Health Women’s clinic at the University of Washington in the 1980s. She also started the college health service for the University of Alaska, Juneau. Before coming to work with Jefferson Healthcare, Jane worked with Dr. Robert Palmer in private gynecology practice for twenty years. Jane’s interests include mid-life health, menopause, hormone therapy, diagnosing and treating difficult vaginal conditions, sexual concerns and contraceptive issues. She offers menopause support and educational talks to groups as a service to the community.

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 month. It is the time in a woman’s life when the function of the ovaries ceases. The process of menopause is gradual and the perimenopausal transition period is a different experience for each woman. The average age of menopause is 51 years old, but menopause may occur as early as the 30s or as late as the 60s. “Education and support from other women is the best medicine for menopause,” says Jane Albee, ARNP.

Jefferson Healthcare (Jefferson County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a DNV accredited, fully integrated health care system providing services to over 29,000 residents of east Jefferson County on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. The hospital is a 25-bed, critical access care hospital with complete 24 hour coverage by a physician staff of hospitalists. Top rated surgical services include: emergency department, laboratory services, swing bed unit, the latest in digital imaging and a comprehensive array of respiratory, physical, speech and occupational rehabilitation therapies. In addition, Jefferson Healthcare has clinics located in and around the hospital which include a full service orthopedic clinic and an accredited oncology clinic administering infusion services of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and other treatments. Outpatient Specialty Clinics provide wound care, sleep medicine, Coumadin and anticoagulation services. Jefferson Healthcare has the latest equipment in diagnostic imaging for outpatient and inpatient radiology services. The seven primary care clinics and the Surgery and Endoscopy Center are located near the hospital in Port Townsend and in the surrounding areas of Port Ludlow and Quilcene. Primary care clinics provide pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics, women’s health and internal medicine. Additional Specialty Clinics provide cardiology and pulmonary, nephrology and urological surgery and pelvic floor reconstruction. A broad range of support groups and community education programs to round out Jefferson Healthcare’s total approach to patient wellness. Jefferson Healthcare ensures no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of age, race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.