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In 2023 Session, WA Bills Tackling Health Costs Fall Short

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Monday, May 1, 2023   

A number of measures to make health care more affordable failed to cross the finish line in Olympia this session.

Advocates say the cost of health care is a growing concern for Washingtonians. One coalition of labor, patient and lawyer groups known as Fair Health Prices Washington supported measures to increase oversight to lower health care costs, prevented anticompetitive mergers and reined in prescription drug prices.

Emily Brice, senior attorney and policy adviser for Northwest Health Law Advocates, which is part of the coalition, hoped more would have been accomplished during the session.

"It is disappointing to know that even as cost continues to skyrocket for patients and people are going bankrupt to pay for their care that we weren't able to make some progress for consumer affordability and what's ultimately driving those price increases," Brice asserted.

While many of the bills failed, the coalition was happy to see Senate Bill 5236 pass. The legislation addresses nurse workload in hospitals.

Rep. Nicole Macri, D-Seattle, was one of the leading legislators on health care reforms, including the sponsor of House Bill 1508. The bill would have bolstered the work of the health care cost transparency board. However, she said the bill faced stiff pushback.

"How we hold entities accountable to it is where we hit really significant opposition from hospital-based systems and provider groups in a way that was actually quite concerning to me," Macri noted.

While she was disappointed with some of the results, Macri pointed out it set lawmakers up to improve on health care next session. She added the conversation needs to include more than just industry players.

"When it's broadened to hearing more from our constituents about the impacts and the urgency they're feeling for legislators to act on this, I think it will compel us to take action," Macri contended.


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