VICTORY: "The Pathway to Universal Health Care" Work Group
The Pathway to Universal Health Care bill sets the table for universal health care while we await Congressional passage of the State-Based Universal Health Care Act, hopefully as soon as 2021. Here's the lowdown on the bill:
• SSB 5822, is prime sponsored by Senator Emily Randall (26th LD)
• HB 1877, the companion bill, is prime sponsored by Representative Nicole Macri (43rd LD)
• It establishes a Work Group within the Health Care Authority to make recommendations for publicly funded, privately delivered health care for all Washington state residents.
• It would, in the meantime, evaluate efforts to improve coverage and access while ensuring a just transition and exploring multi-state collaboration.
Read our recap of this legislation's journey.
Click here to view the Pathway budget proviso legislation (page 134, begins line 11)
Health Care Legislation - State Level
Official Positions on Health Care Bills from the 2019 Session
HB1104: The Washington Health Security Trust, HCFA-WA's bill
Health Care Legislation - National Level
State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2018: Originally introduced by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, this bill would "...authorize the establishment of, and provide support for, State-based universal health care systems that provide comprehensive health benefits to State residents, and for other purposes."
VIDEO: Medicare for All Hearing in the House Rules Committee
April 30, 2019
Includes activist Ady Barkan's powerful testimony
Video: Pathways to Universal Coverage Hearing in the House Ways & Means Committee
June 12, 2019