After working closely with outgoing Washington State Senator Maralyn Chase, the Department of Revenue (DOR), and the Employment Security Department (ESD), Whole Washington is proud to announce SB 5222 the Whole Washington Health Trust, sponsored by Senator Bob Hasegawa. This bill is based on Initiative 1600 and has been introduced in the state senate. With the help of Senator Chase, our Initiative Writing Committee, the DOR, and ESD revised I-1600 so that the funding provisions could be more easily implemented within existing state administrative frameworks; however, the essential substance of I-1600 remains.
It was announced by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner earlier this year that Health insurers will “propose 19 percent average rate increase for Washington’s individual market.” The volunteers and supporters of Whole Washington knew that we couldn’t wait another year to act, even before this information was released.
We still feel that urgency. Every day we hear about people declining ambulance rides because they can’t afford to pay for them, seniors cutting pills in half, and patients dying because treatment is too expensive. The time to act is now.
Please call your state senators at 360.786.7573 and request they become a cosponsor of SB 5222 and/or commit to vote for SB 5222.