Our priority legislation for 2019 includes:
Reproductive Health Access for All Act
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.
Protecting Patient Care Act
This legislation will ensure that providers are not disciplined or rebuked for providing services that fall under the standard of care.
Strengthen the Healthy Youth Act
Comprehensive Mandatory Sexual Health Education
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is currently looking at redrafting requirements and enforcement of comprehensive sex ed curriculum for K-12 schools.
Trump-proof Washington’s Title X Funding
Family Planning 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.
Supported Reproductive Freedom Legislation:
There are various healthcare proposals being developed such as single-payer and expansion of specific programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. As proposals become more developed, it will be important to decide on whether or not weigh in or endorse on any particular proposal and ensure reproductive healthcare is included.
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.