Here are notes on recent developments from our Health Committee
1) Obama’s Health Care Reform Law that goes into effect in 2014 allows states to request a federal waiver to implement a health care delivery system known as a single payer or Medicare for everyone. Rep. Sherry Appleton has introduced HB1085 that would authorize our state to apply for a waiver and upon approval adopt a single payer system in 2017. You can read the bill at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1085.
The LWVWA supports the single payer health care system and many Leaguers will be attending a Health Care and Wellness Committee hearing on Appleton’s bill today (Feb. 1) in Olympia. Rep. Jan Angel, 26th Legislative District, is on this Committee and this is a request for you to contact Jan Angel to express your support for this legislation. Representative Angel can be contacted at 360-443-2409 or at her District Office, 360-786-7964. If you live in her District you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to her Website. Thanks for your help.
2) At their January 2 meeting, the LWVK Board signed a
Resolution in support of the Kitsap County Commissioners passing a
1/10th of one-percent sales tax increase to fund new mental health,
chemical dependency and related housing and criminal justice
services. It is estimated that over $3 million would be available
annually. Our League is participating on the Strategic Leadership
Committee to help gather community support for the initiative and
to provide assistance in any way we can to assure improved services
in our county. Nineteen counties and the City of Tacoma have
already passed this tax. If passed the tax would begin the first
month of the next quarter and funds would be collected for a year
giving time to develop the programs and assure funding
availability. An oversight committee will be formed to assure
neutrality, transparency and accountability including an evaluation
of the efficacy and cost savings of each funded program. Many
thanks to those League members who have volunteered to help gather
signatures for the Resolution.
Pam Hamon, Chair
LWVK Health Committee