#Daily Democracy Task – Healthcare

Alerts from LWV WA Legislative Newsletter…

SB 5601 – Requires state licensure for healthcare ‘benefit managers’ employed by insurance carriers

This bill has 11 co-sponsors, including our own Senator Warnick. It is scheduled for Public Hearing by Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee today, January 27 at 1:30 PM and an executive session on Thursday, January 30 at 8:00 AM. Phone calls and comments neededSenator Warnick is a cosponsor of this bill. Click on her name to send her your comments or call her today! (360) 786-7624

SB 5601 Concerning of licensing of Health Care Benefit Managers. Prime sponsor: Sen. Rolfes and 10 co-sponsors, including Senator Warnick. ‘Benefit Managers’ are employed by Insurance carriers to review and then authorize or deny authorization for medical care or prescriptions. This bill would require State licensure for these Insurance company employees.

SB 6087 – Caps out-of-pocket expense for 30-day supply of insulin

Scheduled for a public hearing in Ways and Means on Wednesday, January 29 at 3:30 PM. Senator Warnick is on Ways and Means Committee, so please click on her name to send her your comments or call her at (360) 786-7624. 

SB 6087 Health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021 must cap out-of-pocket expenses for a 30-day supply of insulin at $100. Prime sponsor: Sen. Keiser and 12 co-sponsors.  This bill was voted ‘Do Pass’ in the Senate Health and Long Term Care committee last week and referred to Senate Ways and Means as a next step.

Read more about the healthcare bills we advocate for here.

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