Take Action: Rein in Health Mergers & Acquisitions

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The short 2022 Legislative session began last Monday and we’re ready to advocate for our 2022 Policy Platform. Hearings and public testimony on bills in committee are currently virtual.

State | Keep our Care Act – Sign in Pro for Hearing (SB 5688)

Mergers and acquisitions between hospitals, hospital systems, and provider organizations drive up the cost of patient care, and negatively impact quality and access to necessary health care services. Health care consolidations receive minimal oversight, allowing large health care systems to dictate patients’ access to care, including reproductive, end-of-life, and gender-affirming care.

This KOCA bill would give the Attorney General needed oversight over consolidations, establish a health equity assessment to ensure consolidations address the needs of marginalized communities; include community input in the review process. Read more about SB 5688 from ACLU-WA’s KOCA resource page.

▶︎ Sign in PRO on SB 5688 for the hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 18th before the Senate Law and Justice Committee. Choose “I would like my position noted for the legislative record.”

Thank you to the HCHR-WA members who have educated Washingtonians about the need for oversight and regulation of these mega health mergers and acquisitions. Now we just need to press the Legislature to pass this bill.

State | Update on Balanced Billing Bill — HB 1688

By the time you get this, HCHR will have signed in PRO on the Balanced Billing BIll, Rep. Cody’s and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s bill, to protect consumers from surprise medical bills by aligning state and federal the federal No Surprises Act and addressing coverage of treatment for emergency conditions. (HB 1688, background here). We will be sure to keep you posted on this HCHR priority bill.


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Protect Voting Rights – Call Your Senators This Week!

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As we face the historic battle to protect voting rights in Congress, we are up against the determined opposition of powerful corporations and their political allies in both parties.


And we face imminent threats to our very democracy from new laws in many states to suppress the vote and subvert election results – fueled by the Big Lie of a stolen election that continues to motivate the insurrectionist movement. The US Senate must change its filibuster rules in order to pass voting rights legislation. Our democracy could soon be replaced by minority rule, crippling our ability to build a more just society and to avoid the endgame of climate catastrophe. We cannot let that happen!

There is hope: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said that the Senate will bring the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act to the floor by January 17, MLK Day  — and he’s willing to carve out a filibuster exception to get them passed. We need the biggest possible outpouring of grassroots support to make sure the Senate passes these bills and stops voter suppression. 

It’s now or never: We must protect voting rights. Click here to be connected to your senators and tell them to vote to pass voter protections.


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58 Members Strong! Meet Our New Organizational Members

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We are happy to welcome new members into our coalition this year — strengthening our community and labor character through strong relationships with organizations and leaders in BIPOC communities and the labor movement. Our coalition represents hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians.  See all HCHR member organizations

New Sponsoring (Voting) Members 
American College of Nurse Midwives — WA Affiliate
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Seattle, AFL CIO 
National Organization for Women — WA
Somali Health Board
WA#insulin4all
Washington Federation of State Employees
Washington Poor People’s Campaign

New Allied Members
American Indian Health Commission of WA
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Washington

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