Inside Olympia: House and Senate floors considering bills

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. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Proactive nurse fatigue bill advances, first cutoff has passed

We are pleased to report that SB 5344, the proactive nurse fatigue bill supported by WSHA, has advanced through the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care. Contacts made by hospital leaders and staff to legislators encouraging their support of the bill has been crucial to ensure this bill passed this first hurdle in the legislative process. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Creating a public option health insurance plan, establishing a system for setting rates for health care services and more

HB 1523/SB 5556 would allow health insurance carriers to offer Washingtonians the option to purchase lower-costing health insurance coverage on the Health Benefit Exchange (the individual market). WSHA supports expanding access to health care coverage, but we have concerns with this bill. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: WSHA’s nurse staffing bill to get hearing this week

Thank you all who joined WSHA’s hospital advocacy day last week! We had a great turnout with about 75 hospital leaders joining us for about 80 legislative visits. This week is a busy week in Olympia with many bills of interest up for hearings. This is also a first for many of us at WSHA – multiple hearings have been cancelled and rescheduled due to snow. The legislature is known for powering through regardless of weather conditions. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Budget picture continues to be gloomy

While revenue collections in the state continue to be strong, it appears that policy decisions made to fund future costs in the McCleary bill in the 2017-2019 biennium have led to the inability to spend money on any additional policy items without new revenue or cuts in other programs.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Public option for health care coverage, CN exemption for psychiatric beds & more

Highlights this week include bills on a public option for health care coverage, Certificate of Need for psychiatric beds and noncompete agreements. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Nurse staffing to get hearings this week

The legislature is off and running in its second week. Several bills of interest for hospitals and health systems have hearings in their respective committees. SB 5190/HB 1155: Uninterrupted nurse meal and rest breaks SB 5190 and HB 1155, promoted by the nursing unions, would require hospitals to provide completely uninterrupted meal and rest breaks... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Legislative session is now underway

The 2019 legislation begins today. This year’s session is the first in the two-year biennium and will last for 105 days, making it a “long” session. Policy bills will have 40 days to advance from their respective committees to the House or Senate floor. We expect hundreds of bills impacting health care to be introduced during this year’s session.... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee releases his comprehensive behavioral health plan

Today, Gov. Jay Inslee released a behavioral health plan for the state. This is a preview of his investments in behavioral health that will be in his proposed 2019-2021 budget, which will be released later in the week. WSHA has been very active in advocating for increased funding for behavioral health and developed a comprehensive 10-Point Behavioral Health Plan to highlight areas of need. We are pleased the governor proposes to fund all major budget items in WSHA’s 10-point plan.... Read More >>

Post-session bill updates

The 2018 legislative session is officially a wrap. Below you will find a final roundup of bills from session we opposed and that died and ones we supported and that passed.... Read More >>

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