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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.


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

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

Action Alerts!

  • 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 […]

  • Take Action! (1/25/2018)

    The vote for CHIP provided much needed relief from the uncertainty and anxiety faced by nine million children, and their families. However, more than 25 […]

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