The Legislature is moving to floor action in the House and Senate, meaning they now vote to pass legislation.
The last cutoff of session was Monday, Feb. 5, when most bills needed to pass out of fiscal committees (the House Appropriations and Senate Ways & Means committees). WSHA is excited that many of our high-priority bills are continuing to advance, and some harmful bills have stalled in committees, meaning they are most likely dead for this session.
Bills still alive after cutoff
Bills WSHA supports
|Home health services for Medicaid-eligible children with medically complex conditions.
|Incentivizing adult family homes to increase bed capacity.
|HB 2157/SB 5982
|Updating the definition of “vaccine” in RCW 70.290.010 to include all federal food and drug administration-approved immunizations recommended by the centers for disease control and prevention.
|SHB 2295/SSB 6101
|Hospital at-home services.
|Adult family home information.
HB 2476/SB 6309
Assessment to increase Medicaid professional payment.
|Licensure of anesthesiologist assistants.
Providing flexibility in calculation of skilled nursing facility rates.
|Guardianship and conservatorship.
|Extending the crisis relief center model to provide behavioral health crisis services for minors.
|Lifting certificate of need requirements for psychiatric hospitals and beds.
|Supporting victims of human trafficking and victims of sexual abuse
|Creating a medical assistant-EMT certification.
Protecting patients out of network ground ambulance balance billing.
Bills on which WSHA is neutral
|HB 1508 (per floor amendment)
|Health care cost transparency board.
|Defining an employee of a health care facility for purposes of mandatory overtime provisions.
|Establishing requirements for the disclosure of health care information for qualifying persons to receive paid family and medical leave benefits.
|Portable orders for life-sustaining treatment.
|Uniform law commission’s uniform telehealth act.
|Accessibility for service animals in training.
|Creating a professional license for spoken language interpreters and translators.
|Disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions.
|Modernizing the child fatality statute.
|Concerning treatment of substance use disorders.
Bills with which WSHA has concerns and is working to amend
|Wellness programs for certain health care professionals.
|Modernizing certificate of need.
|Substance use disorder treatment.
|Increasing access to human immunodeficiency virus postexposure prophylaxis drugs or therapies.
Bills WSHA opposes
|SHB 1893/SB 5777
|Unemployment insurance benefits for striking or lockout workers.
|Material changes to the operations and governance structure of participants in the health care marketplace.
|Establishing a uniform standard for creating an established relationship for the purposes of coverage of audio-only telemedicine services.
Notable bills that are no longer moving forward
Bills WSHA supported
|HB 2184/SB 6167
|Authorizing payment for parental caregivers of minor children with developmental disabilities.
|Unlawful detainer actions and expanding superior court capacity.
|Defining Washington state residency requirements for purposes of hospital charity care.
Bills WSHA opposed, had concerns with or amended
|Rights of residents in long-term care facilities.
|Promoting ethical artificial intelligence by protecting against algorithmic discrimination
|Prohibiting garnishment related to medical debt.
|Protecting consumer personal information.
|Ambulance wait times.
|Access to personnel records.
|Preventing overdose and illicit use of opioids in Washington state.
WSHA Weighing In: Feb. 5-9
WSHA is weighing in on the following bills this week:
Monday, Feb. 5
- House Appropriations
- SHB 1941: Providing for health home services for Medicaid-eligible children with medically complex conditions. (Katerina LaMarche)