Inside Olympia: Bills still alive after cutoff

March 2, 2022

High-priority bills still alive after cutoff

Bills WSHA supports

SHB 1616 Concerning the charity care act.
SHB 1735 Modifying the standard for use of force by peace officers.
HB 1739 Modernizing hospital policies related to pathogens of epidemiological concern.
HB 1761 Allowing nurses to dispense opioid overdose reversal medication in the emergency department.
SHB 1773 Concerning assisted outpatient treatment for persons with behavioral health disorders.
2SHB 1890 Concerning the children and youth behavioral health work group.
SHB 1893 Allowing emergency medical technicians to provide medical evaluation, testing, and vaccines outside of an emergency in response to a public health agency request.
E2SSB 5600 Concerning the sustainability and expansion of state registered apprenticeship programs.
2SSB 5736 Concerning partial hospitalizations and intensive outpatient treatment services for minors.
SSB 5790 Strengthening critical community support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
SSB 5819 Concerning the developmental disabilities administration’s no-paid services caseload.

Bills on which WSHA is neutral

SHB 1708 Concerning facility fees for audio-only telemedicine.
SHB 1779 Requiring policies addressing surgical smoke.
2SHB 1860 Preventing homelessness among persons discharging from inpatient behavioral health settings.
2SSB 5062 Concerning the management, oversight, and use of data.
E2SSB 5702 Requiring coverage for donor breast milk.
SSB 5883 Concerning an unaccompanied homeless youth’s ability to provide informed consent for that minor patient’s own health care, including nonemergency, outpatient, and primary care services, including physical examinations, vision examinations and eyeglasses, dental examinations, hearing examinations and hearing aids, immunizations, treatments for illnesses and conditions, and routine follow-up care customarily provided by a health care provider in an outpatient setting, excluding elective surgeries.

Bills with which WSHA has concerns or for which it is seeking amendments

ESHB 1821 Concerning the definition of established relationship for purposes of audio-only telemedicine.
2SHB 1850 Protecting and enforcing the foundational data privacy rights of Washingtonians.
E2SSB 5155 Concerning prejudgment interest.

Bills WSHA opposes

EHB 1837 Restoring the state’s ability to address work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

WSHA weighing in: Feb. 28 – March 4

WSHA is weighing in on the following bills this week:

Monday, Feb. 28

  • House Appropriations
    • SSB 5892: Establishing pilot projects for utilizing high school student nursing assistant-certified programs to address the nursing workforce shortage and promote nursing careers in rural hospitals. (Jacqueline Barton True)

Thank you for testifying!

Thank you to everyone who testified in support of WSHA’s legislative efforts over the last week:

  • Jonathan Lewis, Director of Support Services, Klickitat Valley Health
  • Kevin Kajita, System Director Of Support Services, EvergreenHealth
  • Geoff Glass, Facility &Technology Services Director, Providence Health & Services
  • Mary Shepler, Chief Nursing Officer, EvergreenHealth
  • Heidi Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Forks Community Hospital


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