The legislature lays out an argument for the need for a strong public health system improving the health and well-being of all state residents, the importance of prevention of chronic illness, and the decimating effect of COVID-19, and the vulnerabilities and limitations of the burdened public health system. HB1201 seeks to remedy the underfunded public health system and makes the argument that public and private sectors work to enhance public health capabilities and capacity. The state expects measurable benefits will be realized to the health of communities in Washington as a result of the improved capacity of the governmental public health system through funding foundational public health services.
The bill outlines that beginning March 1, 2022, and annually thereafter, each health 15 carrier, Medicaid managed care organization, and third-party administrator must file with the commissioner a statement of covered lives using the form or forms prescribed and furnished by the commissioner. The commissioner will collect a per member per month assessment based on the number of covered lives reported, all must pay a pro rata share of the total assessment. The commissioner must annually, on or before July 1st, calculate and bill all entities.
The foundational public health services account is created in the state treasury. Half of all of the moneys collected from the tax imposed on vapor products under RCW ((66.44.010)) 82.25.010 must be deposited into the account. Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation.