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May 2019 e.Bulletin

We Did It! The Pathway to Universal Health Care Work Group is Funded!

Thanks to your full court press last week, the Pathway to Universal Health Care Work Group is becoming a reality. There is now funding for the work group in the state budget awaiting the Governor's signature. In addition, work continues with the Governor's office to issue an Executive Order for the work group. 

This legislative session was dramatic and full of twists and turns, but with perseverance, we made it happen together.

We have so much to celebrate. We also achieved other very important wins that will serve us well moving forward, including crucial amendments to SB 5822 that were incorporated into the bill and remain in the budget proviso. To learn about our victories and the line item in the budget, go here.

Please Donate for GiveBIG!

We hope you'll support our education work by making a generous donation on GiveBIG. Last day to give is this coming Wednesday!

Graphic text: I give. You Give. We give, together. Wednesday, May 8 is giveBIG 2019! Schedule your donation today! GiveBIG is a one-day online giving campaign for Washington nonprofits.

Medicare for All Hearing / CBO Report /NoHLA Legislative Wrap Up / Medicaid Cuts in Washington State?

Last week, there was the historic first hearing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019 in the House Rules Committee chaired by Representative McGovern. Watch Activist Ady Barkan's opening remarks. Ady is dying of ALS, and speaks with the aid of a computer-generated voice gave powerful testimony about the urgent need for Medicare for All. Emergency Room physician, Dr. Farzon Nahvi,  gave testimony about what it is like to practice medicine in an ER where patients are afraid they cannot bear the costs. There is also this short wrap-up video after the hearing. As a result of the hearing, the House Ways and Means has agreed to hold a second hearing. 

Also, the Congressional Budget Office has released a report on the design and policy considerations for the development of a single-payer health care system.

There were many improvements made to health care this legislative session for Washingtonians. Please check out the Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) Legislative Wrap Up to learn more about other important bills for Washingtonians including drug pricing transparency, curbs on surprise billing, and the Cascade Care bill.

One major setback - cuts may be coming to Washington state Medicaid patients. "The Legislature assumed Medicaid "program integrity" savings of over $350,000,000 starting in January 2020 that seem to be unachievable without making program cuts of some kind. NoHLA, HCFA-WA and many other stakeholders have expressed great concern about this highly unrealistic assumption."

Upcoming Events

Wed, May 15


May PNHPWW Monthly Meeting, Seattle
(7:30pm at Swedish/Cherry Hill Campus, SECC Rm C.)

Program to be determined.

Fri, June 7


Northwest Health Law Advocates Fundraiser, Seattle
(5:30 pm, Impact Hub Seattle)

You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy drinks, appetizers, and good conversation while toasting to our collective strength. Brief, lively program feature Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, plus a surprise theater performance. Tickets are $50.

TBD June


Health Care is a Human Right-WA Campaign, Seattle
(General Meeting, TBD)


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