High-priority bills still alive after cutoff
Bills WSHA supports
||Concerning the charity care act.
||Modifying the standard for use of force by peace officers.
||Modernizing hospital policies related to pathogens of epidemiological concern.
||Allowing nurses to dispense opioid overdose reversal medication in the emergency department.
||Concerning assisted outpatient treatment for persons with behavioral health disorders.
||Concerning the children and youth behavioral health work group.
||Allowing emergency medical technicians to provide medical evaluation, testing, and vaccines outside of an emergency in response to a public health agency request.
||Concerning the sustainability and expansion of state registered apprenticeship programs.
||Concerning partial hospitalizations and intensive outpatient treatment services for minors.
||Strengthening critical community support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
||Concerning the developmental disabilities administration’s no-paid services caseload.
Bills on which WSHA is neutral
||Concerning facility fees for audio-only telemedicine.
||Requiring policies addressing surgical smoke.
||Preventing homelessness among persons discharging from inpatient behavioral health settings.
||Concerning the management, oversight, and use of data.
||Requiring coverage for donor breast milk.
||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
||Concerning the definition of established relationship for purposes of audio-only telemedicine.
||Protecting and enforcing the foundational data privacy rights of Washingtonians.
||Concerning prejudgment interest.
Bills WSHA opposes
||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