NARAL Pro-Choice Washington 2019 Legislative Priorities
Reproductive Health Access for All Act
Protect Reproductive Health Access for All (SB 5602/HB 1612)
Expands access to all needed reproductive health care by ensuring insurance coverage for all Washingtonians regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status. It creates a “Take Charge” look-alike program to ensure that people whose documentation status do not allow them to access state or federal health plans would still have coverage of reproductive health care. It also clarifies gender-affirming reproductive health care for trans patients to ensure that insurance companies cover all forms of appropriate care.
Where is it now: The Senate passed RHAA on Mar. 7
Next step: The bill is going to a hearing in the House Healthcare & Wellness Committee.
Prime sponsor: Macri
Co-sponsors: Jinkins, Doglio, Riccelli, Cody, Peterson, Robinson, Dolan, Tharinger, Lekanoff, Senn, Slatter, Gregerson, Davis, Thai, Stonier, Valdez, Appleton, Kloba, Sells, Wylie, Goodman, Hudgins, Frame, Pollet, Stanford, Ormsby, Bergquist, Santos, Tarleton, Callan
Prime sponsor: Randall
Co-sponsor: Wilson,C., Nguyen, Das, Saldaña, Cleveland, Takko, Kuderer, Hasegawa, Rolfes, Van De Wege, Keiser, Hunt, Wellman, Billig, Dhingra, Conway, Pedersen, Frockt, Salomon, Palumbo, Darneille, McCoy, Liias, Mullet, Carlyle
Protecting Patient Care Act
Holding Religious Health Systems Accountable (SB 5542/1638)
This legislation will ensure that providers are not disciplined or rebuked for providing services that fall under the standard of care.
Where is it now: This bill died in committee in the House.
Next step: None for this legislative session. We will try again next year.
Prime sponsor: Macri
Co-sponsor: Dolan, Slatter, Stonier, Robinson, Kilduff, Riccelli, Senn, Goodman, Tharinger, Jinkins, Davis, Cody, Appleton, Kloba, Ortiz-Self, Valdez, Frame, Pollet, Stanford, Tarleton, Leavitt
Prime sponsor: Kuderer
Co-sponsors: Randall, Takko, Van De Wege, Dhingra, Saldaña, Keiser, Wellman, Conway
Comprehensive Mandatory Sexual Health Education
Strengthen the Healthy Youth Act (SB 5395/ HB 1407)
Update the healthy youth act to require comprehensive sex ed curriculum for K-12 schools and ensure the state has the authority to enforce this requirement.
Where is it now: This bill had a hearing in the House Education Committee on March 12.
Next step: The House Education Committee either will or will not pass this bill out of committee.
Prime sponsor: Stonier
Co-sponsors: Goodman, Orwall, Jinkins, Santos, Davis, Ortiz-Self, Dolan, Wylie, Pettigrew, Riccelli, Senn, Cody, Sells, Frame, Pollet, Hudgins, Stanford, Doglio, Fitzgibbon, Slatter, Bergquist, Robinson, Macri, Kloba, Peterson, Thai, Fey, Appleton, Valdez, Tarleton, Shewmake, Kilduff, Callan, Ormsby, Walen
Prime sponsor: Wilson,C.
Co-sponsors: Randall, Keiser, Saldaña, Takko, Mullet, Wellman, Das, Nguyen, Billig, Pedersen, Rolfes, Darneille, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Hunt, Kuderer
Family Planning Funding
Trump-proof Washington’s Title X Funding
Washington State Department of Health is preparing for the possibility that our state will reject Title X funds under Trump’s domestic gag rule executive order. If so, our state will need to identify additional state funding to ensure we maintain access to reproductive health care.
Where is it now: Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to stop his domestic gag rule.
Next step: If the courts uphold the rule, Governor Inslee is committed to finding funding in the state budget to backfill the Title X funds Washington would otherwise get from the federal government.
Partnership Support Bills:
The Public Option bill “Cascade Health” (SB 5526 / HB 1523 Cody)
This bill was requested by Gov. Inslee. This legislation would expand health care access by increasing the availability of quality, affordable health coverage in the individual market.
The All in For Washington Coalition is currently exploring progressive revenue legislation. These proposals could include legislation on Capital Gains Tax.
Keep Washington Working (2018:SB 5689 Wellman/HB 1985 Ortiz-Self)
Limits immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible and restricts the use of state resources to assist in unconstitutional registration, surveillance, detaining, or transfer programs targeting Washington residents on the basis of race, religion, immigration, or citizenship status, or national or ethnic origin.
Second Chance Act ( 2018: HB 1789 Jinkins/ SB 5600 Darneille)
This legislation would create parole (there is currently no parole for folks convicted after 1984)
Expanding Apple Health Eligibility
Apple Health to 26 (last year was HB 1565 from Macri): This is something the WSLC is working on to expanding Apple Health to undocumented folks up to age 26. It will be a priority of the Healthy Washington Coalition.