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.
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.