Status Summary

First reading, referred to Health & Long Term Care on 2.4.19. Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care on 2.18.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care on 2.19.19 ; 1st substitute bill pass and refer to Ways & Means on 2.19.19. Referred to Ways & Means on 2.21.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.27.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.28.19; 2nd substitute bill passed. Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 3.1.19. Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 3.9.19. 2nd substitute bill substituted. Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading. Passed on third reading on 3.13.19. (updated 3.15.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Randall

SB 5822 establishes the development of a work group dedicated to providing a pathway to establish a universal health care system for Washington state residents.

The legislature recognizes health care as a human right and thus intends to control health care costs so Washington state can achieve a sustainable health care system with more equitable access. Therefore, this act declares that it is sensible for the state to explore mechanisms to operate and fund a universal health care program through a public option and by standardizing benefit plan designs.

Section Two of this act requires specific stakeholders and members the Health Care Authority (HCA) are included when convening the work group. It also details that the work group must study and make recommendations to the legislature for a health care system that is publicly funded, privately delivered, sustainable and affordable to all Washington residents, that includes, but is not limited to:

  • options for increasing coverage and access for uninsured and underinsured populations;
  • transparency measures across major health system actors;
  • innovations that promote quality, evidence-based practices that lead to sustainability and affordability;
  • options for ensuring a just transition for all stakeholders; and
  • options for revenue and funding mechanisms.

The work group must report its findings to the appropriate committees by November 15, 2020.

*Companion to HB 1877*