Ensuring All Washingtonians have access to the full range of reproductive and maternal healthcare.
• Expanding Healthcare Coverage from 60 Days to 12 Months Postpartum. Across the state and across the country, maternal mortality rates are unacceptably high, and specifically in BIPOC communities. Extending Medicaid coverage from 60 days to 12 months postpartum is an important step in improving improve maternal health outcomes.
• Protecting Pregnant Patient’s Act. Requires medical providers to provide appropriate medical treatment when a patient’s health or life is at serious risk, including miscarriage management.
• Providing Oversight Over Hospital Mergers. Over the years, Washington state has seen a number of health system consolidations, which have an increasingly significant impact on consumers, particularly those in rural and low-income communities. This bill would require governmental approval of all transactions in which a hospital, hospital association or group of five or more provider organizations seek to merge with or acquire a hospital or provider group and would limit the ability of hospitals to merge if the merger would result in a decrease of services for patients.