The House and Senate are now considering bills that have advanced through their respective committees, giving them an opportunity to be voted on in either the House or Senate floor. There are several bills heading toward the floor that WSHA has concerns about, including:
- Uninterrupted meal/rest breaks and limits on staffing
- Expansion of wrongful death laws
- A public option for health insurance coverage with Medicare rates
- A consumer privacy bill that implicates hospitals in problematic ways
- Balance billing
On a positive note, bills WSHA supports are also advancing including Certificate of Need for psychiatric beds and the Senate’s version of the Safety Net Assessment bill. Read more from the March 4 Inside Olympia.