2018 Session

NoHLA's Health Care Access in the Washington Legislature - Bills of Interest

Here is NoHLA’s first update of the 2018 session on pending bills in the Washington State Legislature that relate to health care access. This update is current as of February 7, 2018. Bills included are those that survived the first two deadlines for policy and fiscal committees in the house of origin. Now action has moved to the Rules committees that decide what bills move to the floor of the House or Senate, and bills are then considered and voted on. The cutoff date for floor action is February 14th. Some bills have already passed one house and are scheduled for hearings in the policy committees of the opposite house. Policy committees must then take action by February 23 for the bills to continue.
 
A word of caution: bills that did not survive sometimes re-emerge near the end of session as part of the budget process if they are considered "necessary to implement the budget" (NTIB). It's not over until it's over.
 
We hope you find these updates helpful. You are welcome to circulate them. If you know of other bills that should be included in this summary or have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Past Summaries

Summary of Health Care Access Bills that Passed the 2017 Washington Legislature of enacted bills
Summary of provisions in the 2017-19 Operating Budget that relate to health care access

Summary of Health Care Access Bills that Passed the 2016 Washington Legislature
2016 Supplemental Budget: Selected Provisions of Interest

Summary of Health Care Access Bills that Passed the 2015 Washington Legislature
Final Biennial Budget 2015-17: Selected Provisions of Interest

Our Legislative Work

Since its founding in 1999, NoHLA has promoted state-level policies that improve access to affordable, quality health care for lower-income residents. As part of that work, NoHLA:

  • Participates in broad coalitions, such as the Healthy Washington Coalition, to help identify key issues that affect health care for lower-income Washington residents.
  • Develops policy priorities and advocates for regulatory or legislative solutions.
  • Monitors state bill and budget proposals during each legislative session.