Dear Persons Who Care About Healthcare —
Three bills are making their way through Olympia and have a chance at passage this session. WA has a one-stop website where you can look up the information, read the bill, and comment on it.
Type in the number of the bill. (HB stands for House Bill, SB is for the Senate. If you type in 1523 the website also shows the link to the corresponding bill, which in this case would be 5526.)
Just below the name and summary of the bill is a green box labeled “Comment on this bill.”
You type in your address to validate your district, then it pulls up your elected officials. Click on all of them to send the same comments. And if you don’t want to comment, you can click the box for “support” and send it on its way.
Please read the bills and send your support, and get everyone you know to comment.
HB 1523/SB 5526—Relating to increasing availability of quality affordable health coverage in the individual market. 1523 Passed House, 3/8. Public hearing in Senate Health and Long Term Care 3/20, 1:30. 4/5 Public hearing in Senate Committee Ways & Means. 4/6 Public Hearing House Committee on Appropriations
(This one props up the WA ACA plans.)
HB 1612/SB 5602—Provide maximum access to reproductive health care and reproductive health care coverage for all in WA. 5602 Passed Senate 3/7. Public Hearing in House Committee on Health Care and Wellness 3/20, 1:30 pm. 4/6 Public hearing House Committee on Appropriations.
(With the threats to Title X funding, this is important for women’s health.)
HB 1877/SB 5822—Providing a pathway to establish a universal health care system for the residents of Washington State. 5822 Passed Senate 3/13; 1streading in House Health Care and Wellness Committee 3/15. 4/6 Scheduled for public hearing in House Committee on Appropriations.
(This is a longer term approach to set up the trust that would fund a WA-only universal health care program.)