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, email@example.com, (206) 387-6134
2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up
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The 2020 Legislative session is completed. Here is a summary of 5 Health related bills that were supported by the Health Care is a Human Right coalition that have successfully passed into law.
SB 6087 what it means: Health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021 must cap out of pocket charges at $100 for 30 day supply of insulin.
HB 2662 Establishes the ‘Total Cost of Insulin Workgroup’.
HB 1608 Protecting Patient Care, what it means: Prohibits a health care entity from limiting a health care provider's provision of accurate and comprehensive information to patients about the patient's health status and treatment options. Requires the Department of Health (DOH) to create and make available online materials to inform health care providers and staff of their authority to provide information under this act. Requires the DOH to create materials for providers and patient's about the Death with Dignity Act. Also see HB 2419 below.
HB 2457 Establish the health care cost transparency board, what it means: the 14 member Board must analyze the impacts of various cost drivers to health care and incorporate the analysis into its annual calculations. The cost drivers may include labor, capital costs, supply costs, uncompensated care, administrative and compliance costs, taxes, capacity, funding and access to certain care and housing, and regional differences in input prices. Watch Rep. Cody, the prime sponsor, give testimony to the Senate Health and Long term Care Committee on Feb. 24, 2020, starting at about 8 minutes on the TVW channel.
Bills the League Supported That Have Been Signed Into Law
Bills the League Supported That Passed Both Chambers
Bills the League Supported That Did Not Pass
Bills the League Watched
Bills the League Opposed in Reproductive Rights That Did Not Pass· 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.