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Senate passes bill to better protect public from outbreaks of measles

Senate passes bill to better protect public from outbreaks of measles

Taking action to safeguard the public against health threats like the ongoing measles outbreak in Clark County, the Senate passed House Bill 1638 on a 25-22 vote late Wednesday.

“We talk a lot about ‘protecting the most vulnerable among us.’ Well, protecting the most vulnerable among us is precisely what this legislation is all about,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland ...

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Washington state Senate passes vaccine bill

Washington state Senate passes vaccine bill

Washington is the first state in the nation in four years to remove the personal exemption for vaccinations immunizing the public from measles, mumps and rubella, as reported today in The Washington Post.

You can read the story here.


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Governor signs legislation into law to protect health care benefits

Governor signs legislation into law to protect health care benefits

Health care policies sold in Washington must honor existing patient protections even if those standards are eliminated by action taken at the federal level, under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.

House Bill 1870 takes effect immediately, as a result of an emergency clause added by Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver). Cleveland added the clause in March, ...

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House passes Senate’s comprehensive opioid legislation

House passes Senate’s comprehensive opioid legislation

Legislation passed today by the House would take multiple steps to address society’s growing opioid crisis.

“The opioid epidemic is taking a toll on communities around our state, at tremendous financial cost,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), the sponsor of Senate Bill 5380. “The even greater toll, however, is to people and families. The opioid crisis claimed more ...

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Legislature OKs bill expanding options for veterinary care for pets in low-income households

Legislature OKs bill expanding options for veterinary care for pets in low-income households

Humane societies will be able to offer a wide range of veterinary care for pets in low-income households at reduced fees, as a result of legislation passed today by the House on a 77-18 vote.

Senate Bill 5004, sponsored by Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), would remove severe state restrictions on the types of care that can be offered for ...

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Senate passes bill barring use of prior-wage information

Senate passes bill barring use of prior-wage information

Potential employers would be prohibited from requesting a job applicant’s wage or salary history, or require that their salary history meet certain criteria, under legislation passed today by the Senate.

“This landmark legislation will help eliminate the perpetuation of inequities suffered by women who have been paid significantly less on average than men with comparable experience doing comparable work,” said ...

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Senate passes legislation to protect patients from ‘surprise billing’

Senate passes legislation to protect patients from ‘surprise billing’

Legislation passed unanimously late Wednesday by the Senate will protect patients from being billed extra when they receive medical care involving an out-of-network provider.

“Patients should not be surprised by an unexpected medical bill when they receive health care,” said Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), who sponsored Senate legislation similar to House Bill 1065, the version that wound up as the ...

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Cleveland: Passage of project legislation enhances I-5 bridge efforts

Cleveland: Passage of project legislation enhances I-5 bridge efforts

Legislation passed late Wednesday by the Senate will lay additional groundwork to replace the outdated I-5 Bridge, Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) said.

“The path to the new bridge demands patience and many steps, and this is one of those steps,” Cleveland said. “Each step moves us forward, and together these small steps will deliver the bridge and the major benefits ...

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Senate committee takes action to prevent future measles outbreaks

Senate committee takes action to prevent future measles outbreaks

Legislation to address the health threat posed by the ongoing measles outbreak in Clark County awaits a vote of the full Senate after a key committee recommended its adoption. 

“At a time when internet myths and alternate facts make it harder for people to know the truth about the science-based measures that keep our communities safe, we are taking action ...

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Legislature sends bill to governor’s desk protecting health care

Legislature sends bill to governor’s desk protecting health care

Health care policies sold in Washington must honor existing patient protections even if those standards are eliminated by action taken at the federal level, under legislation passed Monday by the state Legislature.

House Bill 1870 had passed the House on March 1, but the Senate amended it to include an emergency clause last week after the U.S. Justice Department ...

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