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/

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

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 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”.

Looking for WA state bill status?

Here’s a very useful listing of the pre-filed bills for the 2018 session. Sort by various options. Ones with both House and Senate companion bills are most likely to pass or be seriously considered. Any others will need to find companion bills or they will die.

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/prefiled.aspx?year=2017