The Community Health Network of Washington (CHNW) promotes the public policies to protect and increase access to health insurance and health care for Washingtonians.

2018 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

This year, protecting the gains we have made with health care reform, along with addressing gaps and promoting health equity will be critical. CHNW and the Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) are asking the Legislature to protect the health care safety net, pass a capital budget that increases oral health capacity, and preserve patients’ ability to maintain their providers or clinic of choice.

Our legislative agenda can be found here.

PROTECT THE HEALTH CARE SAFETY NET

Demands on the state budget and continued efforts to unwind the Affordable Care Act is putting pressure on the critical health care safety net in Washington State. Despite these pressures, we must ensure that Washingtonians that have gained coverage continue to access that care and our patients do not face reduced benefits.

Our position paper can be found here.

PASS THE CAPITAL BUDGET THAT INCREASES ORAL HEALTH CAPACITY

Our community health centers have worked tirelessly to expand access to oral health care. However, this has not been enough to meet the demand for care—especially since the state restored Medicaid oral health benefits to adult enrollees. In 2017, our community health centers requested state capital funding to build new and expand existing dental clinics. However, the legislature adjourned this summer without passing  a biennial capital budget. Our community health centers have shovel ready projects to help alleviate this capacity crisis, but the legislature needs to pass a capital budget. Our patients can’t wait.

Our position paper can be found here.

PRESERVE PATIENTS’ ABILITY TO MAINTAIN THEIR PROVIDERS OR CLINIC OF CHOICE

For our state’s 1.7 million Medicaid patients, maintaining a relationship with their primary care providers or clinic in their own community is essential in promoting health and supporting a whole person approach to care. Without choice, patients’ access to providers and critical health care services they need is disrupted. As the state moves towards implementing Integrated Managed Care, the legislature should ensure that patients’ continue to have choice by not limiting the number of Medicaid managed care organizations in the regions transitioning to Integrated Managed Care.

Our position paper can be found here.