Legislative relations

The legislative team

The Health Care Authority’s legislative team engages on state and federal policy issues to help ensure Washington State residents — from public employees to Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients — have access to high-quality health care at the best possible cost.

Our work includes:

  • Monitoring state and federal legislation — and giving guidance to lawmakers, when needed, about how to best serve our constituents.
  • Proposing state legislation that benefits how we serve our constituents.
  • Keeping lawmakers and stakeholders informed on the latest issues affecting the health care industry and our efforts to transform health care.

Legislative presentations: 2019

Apple Health (Medicaid)

Barriers to primary care access in Apple Health, Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee (January 16, 2019)

Behavioral health

Involuntary Treatment Act, Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health and Long Term Care (January 18, 2019)

Substance use disorder and treatment programs funded with marijuana excise tax revenue, House Commerce and Gaming Committee (January 22, 2019)

Washington State Problem Gambling Program, House Commerce and Gaming Committee (January 22, 2019)

Behavioral health integration update, Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee (January 25, 2019)

Managed care and other agency activities

Update on key agency activities, House Health Care and Wellness Committee (January 18, 2019)

  • Prescription drugs, Medicaid Transformation Waiver, and integrated managed care

Managed care program oversight (January 29, 2019)

Prescription drugs

Emerging drug therapies, House Health Care and Wellness Committee (January 18, 2019)

Emerging drug therapies, Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee (January 28, 2019)

School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program

School Employees Benefits Board Program update, Senate Ways and Means Committee (January 23, 2019)

Legislative fact sheets

Contact

Dennis Martin, administrator, legislative affairs and analysis
Email: dennis.martin@hca.wa.gov

Shawn O'Neill, legislative relations manager
Email:
shawn.oneill@hca.wa.gov