The Pathway to the Universal Health Care Work Group is Official. 

Next Meeting: TBD

On May 21, Governor Inslee nudged Washington state onto a pathway to universal healthcare. He authorized $500,000 for the Health Care Authority to convene a work group on establishing a universal health care system in Washington state in the state budget HB 1109. 

Thanks to several HCFA-WA amendments included in the budget line item, the work group consists of a broad range of stakeholders with expertise in the health care financing and delivery systems. It will include patients, labor, insurance, healthcare providers and facilities, patient advocates, and many more interest groups.

First Step to Universal Health Care. Although the work group flew in under the radar, the consequences are significant. Among other directives, the work group must study and make recommendations to the legislature on how to create, implement, maintain, and fund a universal health care system. We will be working to establish the very foundation of a single-payer healthcare system for Washingtonians.


Work Group Roster

Past Meetings

Meeting 3: February 7 Meeting materials.
Read our Report on the February meeting.

Listen to the meeting.

Meeting 2: December 9 Meeting materials.
Read our Report on the December meeting.

Watch the meeting.
Public comment period extended through December 30, 5 pm PT!

Meeting 1: September 20 > Meeting materials.
Read our takeaways.

Watch the meeting. The Health Coverage presentation is at 1:06:16 and the WSIPP Report begins at 2:21:00.
Public comment closed Friday, September 27 at 5 p.m. (Pacific) 

Future Meetings

The Health Care Authority has revised the original schedule of meetings. There are now two fewer meetings scheduled.

* shows changes to original schedule

All scheduled meetings are from 1-5 pm.

4) CANCELED: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Seattle
5) Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Spokane, TBD
6) Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Olympia, TBD
7) September 2020, Olympia, TBD*
8) Thursday, October 15, 2020, Olympia, TBD

Blog Posts on the Work Group

February 14, 2020 Meeting #2 Report: Developing the Criteria for Assessing Universal Health Care Models
December 20, 2019 Report on the December 2019 Universal Health Care Group Meeting
September 27, 2019
Takeaways from the First Universal Health Care Group Meeting
September 07, 2019 News: The First Universal Health Care Work Group Meeting is Fri., Sept. 20th
June 24, 2019 Pathway to Universal Health Care Work Group Forming!
May 04, 2019 Victory! The Pathway to Universal Health Care Work Group Funded
April 17, 2019 Action Alert: The Pathway Bill is a Floor Vote Away from the Governor's Desk!
April 17, 2019 Latest Press on the Pathway Bill
April 05, 2019 The Pathway Bill Passes Out of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee!
March 17, 2019 The Pathway to Universal Healthcare Bill Voted out of Senate!
February 21, 2019 VIDEO: SB5822 Pathway to Universal Health Care Hearing!
February 09, 2019 The Pathway to Universal Health Care Bill (HB 1877/SB 5822)
February 08, 2019 VIDEO: Rep. Macri's Speech on SB5822 at the 2018 HCFA-WA Annual Meeting

Updated December 18, 2019

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  • Sydnie Jones
    published this page in Legislation 2019-09-19 19:11:50 -0700