Working to transform the child welfare system.

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:

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

*Companion to HB 1877*


Updated on 4.12.19:

1st substitute:

2nd substitute:

House Committee Amendments (Updated on 4.12.19):