Here are more highlights from 2022 that we didn’t have time to share at the December HCHR General Meeting:
✅ Hosted a Voter Education and Registration Cookout in Auburn with a focus on BIPOC youth. WA CAN registered several new voters, many of them were young people. Lika Smith with Pacific Islander Health Board set up a table to distribute several different necessities to people in need of them: baby formula, diapers, face masks, hand sanitizer, and more!
✅ Helped pass WA bills lowering healthcare costs (prescription drugs, balance billing) and budget provisos creating pathways to coverage for all adult immigrants.
✅ Presented a post-legislature general meeting on What’s Next for Racial Equity and Affordability?
✅ Joined with PSARA to launch state-wide and national campaigns to halt ACO REACH and Medicare privatization, supported so far by 123 WA-state organizations and over 860 community leaders.
✅ Ten of HCHR’s WSLC-affiliated members submitted a resolution to the WSLC Convention to reaffirm support for health care as a human right and to call on the WSLC to begin a labor dialogue on how best to achieve universal health care in our state. It passed unanimously.
✅ Brought consumer voices before the Health Care Cost Transparency Board to balance the outsized influence of hospitals and other healthcare industry interests.
✅ Engaged the Universal Health Care Commission to keep them on track, true to their mission to design a public health care system for all Washingtonians with a unified financing system.
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