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OLYMPIA – Two of Sen. Annette Cleveland’s (D-Vancouver) priority bills benefiting patient care have passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives.  

Senate Bill 5121 will renew the tenure of the Joint Select Committee on Health Care and update the committee’s responsibilities to include behavioral health oversight.  

This committee provides oversight of several healthcare agencies to ensure they are working together to increase the quality of services, care integration, and reduce costs to consumers and patients.  

Senate Bill 5122 extends the ambulance transport quality assurance fee program to ensure communities in our state can retain these critical emergency services. 

“Both of these bills ensure that Washingtonians will receive the care they need, when they need it,” Sen. Cleveland said. “The unanimous support for both bills shows the Legislature’s commitment to patients and their access to high-quality health care.”  

Both bills now head to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk for his signature.