January e.Bulletin

In January's e.Bulletin, HCFA-WA responds to Governor Inslee's announcement and announces a Universal Healthcare forum on Saturday, January 26.

HCFA-WA Responds to the Governor's Announcement

There are several state healthcare bills in the hopper for the 2019 legislature to consider — including the Cascade Care bill Governor Inslee announced last week. We are steadfast in supporting much-needed temporary relief from the high cost of insurance and healthcare, but it must be a bridge to a sustainable, publicly administered and funded system.

That it has received early press coverage means that we need to continue to advocate for true health care reform: HR 676 at the Federal level and WHST-like plans for Washington state. Keep up the noise for a true singlepayer system!

We anticipate a wild ride this session. We are still awaiting final versions of several health care bills including Rep. Macri's Bridge Bill. Watch for more frequent updates and Action Alerts from HCFA-WA as the 2019 Legislative Session unfolds.


Joins us - Winning Universal Health Care Forum with Legislators - Saturday, Jan. 26th

The Health Care is a Human Right -- WA Coalition cordially invites you to join us on Saturday, January 26th, for a Public Forum on Winning Universal Health Care: Federal, State, and Local Action. We will hear from a panel of Prime Sponsors of key health care bills to be considered in Washington's 2019 Legislative Session and the 116th Congress of the United States, as well as local leaders.

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Please consider inviting friends and neighbors. Your RSVP would be greatly appreciated. 

You can plan your trip here.

We hope you can wear your HCFA swag and join us on January 26th!


The 2019 WHST Bill has a Bill Number - HB 1104!

Prime Sponsor Rep. Sherry Appleton (LD-23) prefiled the 2019 Washington State Security Trust (WHST) bill, the gold standard for a truly universal publicly-funded health care system in Washington. Now the race is on to get co-sponsors in the next 24 hours. Please call your legislators' offices directly. Tell them the WHST bill, HB 1104, has dropped and ask them to please co-sponsor HB 1104.


Are Any of Your Legislators Healthcare Committee Members?

The 2019 Washington Legislature convenes tomorrow, Monday 14 and the very first hurdle for our new bills will be passing them out of their respective Healthcare Committees. It is imperative to convince these legislators to support our bills and amendments.

If you are a committee member's constituent, your contacts with your legislator are supersized. Your calls, emails, letters and bill comments are vital! Click here to see the list of Health Care Committee Members.


Upcoming Events

Mon, Jan. 14

 

Washington State 2019 Legislature Convenes

Sat, Jan. 19

 

Womxn's March - Seattle and other locales

Look for details later this week.

Mon, Jan. 21

 

Martin Luther King Day March

Look for details later this week.

Sat, Jan 26 

 

HCHR-WA Coalition: Winning Universal Health Care: Federal, State, and Local Action
Seattle
(9:25 am Door Opens, Program begins at 9:45 am, El Centro de La Raza Centilia Cultural Center)

See announcement and details above.

Note: Physicians for a National Health Plan - Western Washington will be attending this meeting in lieu of their normal monthly meeting.

Sun, Jan. 27

 

Snohomish County Indivisible Meeting - Mukilteo

(3 pm - 4:30 pm, Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd, Mukilteo)

HCFA-WA President Marcia Stedman will be updating SnoCo Indivisible on single payer bills in the 2019 state legislature and what we need to do now to win.



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