Town Hall, Air Quality, Language Access, Sexual Assault, Sex Offenses, Surprise ER bills
As many bills are heard in the policy committees and then make their way through the legislative process, we are wrapping up week five of session and, with so much going on, it’s time for an update.
As you likely know, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a temporary suspension of President Trump’s executive order that restricted refugees and immigrants from certain countries from entering the United States.
In Washington state we enjoy world-renowned businesses that employ a workforce that includes immigrants. They contribute to our state’s economy, our technology, agricultural, educational, and medical sectors. While we all share in the desire to protect our nation from any enemies, we know our country has been welcoming to many immigrants and serves as a beacon of hope to the world.
Many of us are concerned about air quality and its effects on our community, particularly since our district is home to the fastest growing airport in the country. I introduced HB 1171 to fund the completion of a study of environmental impacts, including ultrafine particulate matter air pollution, associated with aircraft traffic at Sea-Tac Airport.
These “balanced billing” issues have affected many people. What sometimes happens is that you go to a hospital that is in your network, but that doesn’t mean the doctor treating you is part of that network, he could be a visiting physician or maybe filling in. So you are stuck with a much higher bill than you anticipated.
Our Health Care & Wellness Committee chair, Eileen Cody, has been working with insurance providers, doctors, and hospitals to address this problem. I am supporting her bill to fix balanced billing, especially for emergency room visits where the last thing on your mind is making sure the doctor treating you is in your network and, therefore, covered by your insurance.
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