Apple Care to 26, Patient Protection Act Bills & Insulin Affordability Bills
Follow Our Priority Bills on the HCHR Bill Tracker
You can follow all our priority bills in the HCHR-WA Bill Tracker. We hope this will help facilitate the broad support and advocacy needed to expand coverage, improve affordability, protect access and increase equity.
A few bills need emails and calls from you and your supporters to get out of committee right now:
Apple Care to 26: HB 1697
Here’s an opportunity for us to act on our principal that health care should be the right of all people. Please email, and have your grassroots supporters email, the House Health Care Committee urging them to promote health equity for our most healthcare insecure youth. This bill would reduce inequities by ensuring that low-income young adults who do not have the benefit of a parent’s or employer’s insurance could still have coverage for the health care they need until age 26. It would also would ensure that young people currently unable to receive coverage due to their immigration status would have access to affordable care.
Refer to ACLU-WA’s one pager for talking points.
Protect Patient Care Act: HB 2561 & SB 5542
Patients need and deserve full information to make informed choices. Yet across the state, hospitals and clinics are limiting the information and resources providers can give to their patients about reproductive and end-of-life health care services. Such restrictions, which are often unknown to patients, disproportionately harm women, the LGBTQ community, people of color, rural residents, people with limited resources, and people seeking end of life care. For more info: HB 2561 and SB 5542 one-pagers.
HB 2561 is now the service component of HB 1608 and needs to get out of committee this week. We hope you will send emails of support to the House and Senate health committees and urge hearings on both of these bills.
Insulin Affordability Bills: SB 6087 & SB 6113
These bills are in Ways and Means awaiting Executive Action, Friday, Jan. 31st. Check out this Seattle Times Endorsement here, and check the Bill Tracker for the latest instructions for how you can help get these bills (SB 6087 and SB 6113) over the fence to the House. For background, see one of our sponsoring organizations, HCFA-WA’s website for more info.
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