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Senate passes bill to require essential patient coverage under state law

Senate passes bill to require essential patient coverage under state law

State law will require health care policies sold in Washington to honor existing consumer protections even if those requirements are reduced by action taken at the federal level, under legislation passed today by the Senate.

“We know that the consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act in 2010 brought tremendous relief to households across our state and ...

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Senate adopts Cleveland resolution on anniversary of ERA

Senate adopts Cleveland resolution on anniversary of ERA

You can hear state Sen. Annette Cleveland’s floor speech today recognizing the 47th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Equal Rights Amendment by the U.S. Senate and the 46th anniversary of its passage by the Washington state Senate by clicking here.

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Senate passes broad slate of bills to improve people’s health care

Senate passes broad slate of bills to improve people’s health care

Fifteen bills passed today by the Senate would improve health care coverage, access and affordability for vast numbers of people with a wide variety of needs in communities across Washington state.

“When I talk to people, the number-one concern I hear is whether they will able to access the health care coverage they need at a price ...

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Cleveland: State vaccination efforts moving forward

Cleveland: State vaccination efforts moving forward

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) released this statement today on the status of legislation to maintain immunization requirements that protect the public from outbreaks of contagious diseases:

“Throughout this legislative session, I have been working with Rep. Paul Harris [R-Vancouver] on dual legislation in the Senate and House. From the start, we agreed what’s important is that we address ...

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Cleveland negotiates funds for new I-5 bridge in transportation package

Cleveland negotiates funds for new I-5 bridge in transportation package

The transportation revenue package passed today by the Senate Transportation Committee includes $450 million toward a new I-5 bridge, Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) said today. The package now goes to the Senate Rules Committee for consideration there before it can go to the floor for a full vote of the Senate.

“This is another concrete ...

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Cleveland: Legislation would reduce threat of exposure by 75 percent

Cleveland: Legislation would reduce threat of exposure by 75 percent

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee, released this statement following today’s hearing on Senate Bill 5841, her legislation to contain the spread of measles and other threats to public health.

“The measles outbreak in Clark County has spread to 62 confirmed cases and is an alarming reminder of ...

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Cleveland: Oregon report will help move I-5 bridge effort forward

Cleveland: Oregon report will help move I-5 bridge effort forward

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) issued this statement in response to the I-5 bridge advisory report released today by Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson:

“Secretary Richardson’s comments mark a welcome, cross-state sign of support for the efforts of our bipartisan coalition of Southwest Washington legislators who have worked for several years to revive ...

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Cleveland vaccination bill would improve public health safeguards

Cleveland vaccination bill would improve public health safeguards


Washington state residents would be better protected from the spread of diseases and deadly bacteria under legislation being drafted by Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), the chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee.

SB 5841 would eliminate one of the three currently allowed exemptions from the common ...

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Cleveland discusses health care priorities for 2019

Cleveland discusses health care priorities for 2019

In this podcast with Everblue State, Sen. Annette Cleveland lays out Democrats' plans for health care legislation.

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Cleveland: Public option plan makes big sense for Washingtonians

Cleveland: Public option plan makes big sense for Washingtonians

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver), chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee, issued this statement on a proposal announced today to provide a public option for health insurance in Washington state: “I applaud this plan and look forward to shepherding it through the Senate and working toward its passage by the full Legislature.

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