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

Here is NoHLA's second update of the 2018 session on pending bills in the Washington State Legislature that relate to health care access. Thanks to Huma Zarif, Ann Vining and Lili Sotelo for their help in preparing these materials.
This update is current as of February 20, 2018 and includes bills that met the deadline to pass out of either the House or Senate, so they are continuing their journey in the opposite house. February 23 is the deadline for these bills to pass out of the policy committees, and by February 26 they must pass out of the fiscal committees. The last day of the regular session is March 8.
Some bills in our previous update that did not make it past a cutoff may be in this update, or reappear later, if they are considered “Necessary to Implement the Budget” (NTIB). In some cases, parts of bills may also reappear in the budget bill. In cases where we are aware that this seems likely, we have included the bill information in our update
Proposed House and Senate supplemental operating budgets were released this week. We will summarize them in our next update.
We hope you find these updates helpful. You are welcome to circulate them.


Responding to Immigrants' and Refugees' Fears About Health Care

Federal threats and policy changes are creating fear in immigrant and refugee communities. But they still need to be able to access health care. Accurate information is important for advocates, lawyers and providers and immigrants themselves. Northwest Health Law Advocates teamed up with Northwest Justice Project to publish a new resource, Responding to Immigrants' and Refugees' Fears About Health Care. This publication provides information on the current legal landscape and links to variety of detailed resource materials. 

NoHLA’s 2017 “DACA Health Care Information” fact sheet

The “Dreamers,” nearly 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as children without documentation, learned in September of the President’s plan to end the program known as “DACA” that began during the Obama administration. The DACA program protects people from deportation and allows them to work and pursue education.  The President’s announcement created confusion and fear about the impact on health care coverage and access for people with DACA status.  NoHLA’s October 2017 “DACA Health Care Information” fact sheet explains that nothing has changed now for people whose DACA status continues, and explains in detail the options available for health care access if DACA status ends.


What’s New at NoHLA


 "Within weeks of NoHLA's Medicaid training, I was able to use the information you taught us to identify numerous cases in which families were wrongly denied coverage—and to bring those cases forward to get them resolved.

By giving all of us tools and knowledge to successfully advocate for people, NoHLA has impacted so many lives – making healthcare accessible and helping families avoid financial disaster."

- Cathy Aby
Health Educator, Public Health
Seattle & King County

"I want to tell you how much I enjoy your presentations at First Friday Forum. I get happy when I see NOHLA on the agenda, and kinda sad without it!"

- Esther Mathison
Inreach Eligibility Specialist (Patient Navigator)
Country Doctor Community Health Center

Action Alerts!

  • TAKE ACTION – Surprise Billing (HB 2114)

    Protect patients from surprise billing. Contact members of the Senate Health Committee and ask them to approve the bill before it’s too late! The Senate […]

  • Take Action – 2/9/2018

    Congress needs to pass the DREAM Act! The House and Senate have both introduced bills that would allow current, former, and future undocumented high-school graduates […]

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