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Legislative & Budget Action in Washington State

 

This update is current as of July 23, 2015. NoHLA's two documents summarizing the outcome of the 2015 Washington Legislature’s actions related to health care access:

1. NoHLA’s summary of bills that passed and were signed by the Governor. The Legislative Summary is also available here as a Google Spreadsheet.

2. NoHLA’s summary of provisions in the Supplemental Operating Budget that relate to health care access. The Budget Summary is also available here Google Spreadsheet.

It’s not possible to convey the complexity of the budget in this document, so we have selected specific items based on the summaries for each agency. Any new spending related to the passage of legislation is not listed in the budget – the changes are described in the legislative summary. For more information visit our Legislative and Budget Action page.

 


CONTRACEPTIVE COVERAGE
IN WASHINGTON STATE'S QUALIFIED HEALTH PLANS:
A "Secret Shopper" Survey and Review of Carrier Filings and Formularies

A new report authored by Northwest Health Law Advocates, with assistance from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, examines whether insurance companies selling health plans through the online marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder, are complying with the ACA's contraceptive coverage requirement.

The report finds that insurance companies have misinformed women about expanded access to free birth control. The report is based on the findings of a "secret shopper" survey, a review of carriers' formularies and insurance form filings, and follow up communications with each insurance carrier.

For more information click here

Recent Media

Seattle Times Editorial: Patients must expect more from insurance providers on birth control

Sen. Patty Murray urges stronger enforcement of birth-control coverage

Kaiser Health News: ‘Free’ Contraception Means ‘Free,’ Obama Administration Tells Insurers

 


Inject Transparency Into Healthcare

Seattle Times calls on state Legislature to "open the curtains and shine light" on "the murky world of health-care insurance appeals." Read more here.


Improving Transparency in Insurance Decisions

NoHLA's new "Report and Recommendations on Washington States Independent Review System" recommends improvements in the system for collecting, analyzing, and making publicly available the decisions issued by Independent Review Organizations when consumers appeal a denial of health insurance coverage. Read more here.


NoHLA Survey of Health Care Navigators
and Assisters Identifies Issues that Need Attention

Washington has been largely successful in its rollout of health reform coverage expansions. But improvements are needed in some areas, and affordability is still a problem, according to NoHLA's new report on a survey of health care navigators and assisters.

Read our Report


Just Became Pregnant?

Enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) and just became pregnant? Read this FAQ to see how pregnancy may affect your health care coverage.


Coverage is Here!
Insurance Options in Washington

Washington Healthplan finder

Read our overview of Health Reform in Washington State and our more detailed guide to Coverage Options in Washington State. Then visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org to explore your options and sign up.

In the Media

Now that she has a clean bill of health,
Amy is eager to plant her spring crops
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Amy

 

What a great way to kick off Women's History Month. You still have time to #GetCovered

Read Roberta's latest Blog.

 

 

 

 

Think you don't need health insurance?

Joie

 

 

 

Check out Joie's YouTube story and learn how even a simple earache can be a disaster waiting to happen. Take Joie’s advice and #GetCovered today.

 

 

 

 

Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to achieve a seamless health care system, in which all individuals receive affordable, quality care, and are assured of basic rights and protections.

Our work focuses on issues of concern to low-income individuals and families, particularly in Washington State. Please see NoHLA Advocacy for information about NoHLA's recent work.

NoHLA's work involves:

  • Legal consultation to attorneys and advocates on public health insurance programs
  • Legal and policy analysis
  • Training and community education
  • Legislative and administrative advocacy

 

Cathy Aby"Within weeks of NoHLA's Medicaid training, I was able to use the information you taught us to identify numerous cases in which families were wrongly denied coverage—and to bring those cases forward to get them resolved.

By giving all of us tools and knowledge to successfully advocate for people, NoHLA has impacted so many lives – making healthcare accessible and helping families avoid financial disaster."

~ Cathy Aby, Health Educator,Public Health – Seattle & King County

"I want to tell you how much I enjoy your presentations at First Friday Forum. I get happy when I see NOHLA on the agenda, and kinda sad without it!"

~ Esther Mathison