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

2017 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

This year, protecting the gains we have made with health care reform, along with addressing the gaps in the health care system will be critical. CHNW and the Washington Association of Migrant and Health Centers (WACMHC) are asking the Legislature to protect the health care safety net, expand the number of loan repayment awards, and invest in dental capacity expansion.

Our legislative agenda can be found here.

PROTECT THE SAFETY NET

State budget deficits and the Affordable Care Act’s uncertain future is putting pressure of critical state health care safety net. Despite these pressures, we must ensure that those that have gained health care coverage continue to access that care and our patients do not experience a reduction in benefits.

The full position paper can be found here.

LOAN REPAYMENT

The state’s current investment in loan repayment awards  is only able to address 40 percent of the demand from health care professionals who want to work in the underserved corner of this state, but need loan repayment assistance to help pay the bills. This program provides immediate results to the state’s workforce shortage. An additional investment of $9 million will help make a dent in this shortage. It will also help fund awards to mental health professionals, who are now eligible for the program.

The full position paper can be found here.

DENTAL CAPITAL GRANTS

Our community health centers have worked tirelessly to expand access to dental care. However, this has not been enough to meet the demand for oral health—especially since the state restored Medicaid dental benefits to adult enrollees. The health centers have shovel ready projects to help alleviate this capacity crisis, many of these projects have community funding partners to ensure their success. A $15 million capital investment by the Legislature will help ensure these projects become a reality.

The full position paper can be found here.