Capitol News Final Legislative Report
March 12, 2018
Melissa Johnson, WDHA Lobbyist
The Legislature adjourned “sine die” last Thursday night. This is the first
time in four years that a special session was not needed to finish the
Legislature’s work. On the final day of the session, the House and
Senate passed the operating supplemental budget, along with bills on
the use of deadly force by law enforcement, and K-12 school funding.
The final supplemental operating budget includes $776 million to fully
fund K-12 education. The budget also includes $48 million for Western
State Hospital, and $15 million for addressing the opioid crisis.
Lawmakers also passed a $400 million property tax cut for 2019.
WDHA priority legislation
HB 1364/SB 5224: Dental Therapy DIED
· HB 1364 and SB 5224 were introduced in the 2017 legislative
· With the short, 60-day session and the Legislature focused on other
health care issues, namely mental health and the opioid epidemic, no
legislative action was taken on these bills during the 2018 session.
· However, WDHA used our lobby day this year to continue to
advocate and educate legislators on how dental therapists can help
address access to oral health care.
SB 6549: Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) PASSED
· SB 6549 passed the Legislature and has been delivered to the
· SB 6549 expands the ABCD program to serve children with
· WDHA successfully amended this bill to include dental hygienists.
HB 1316: Fair Dental Insurance Practices DIED
· HB 1316 was introduced in the 2017 session. It was brought forward
again in 2018 and passed the House of Representatives. It died in the
Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee.
· Applies statutes related to utilization review programs and
retrospective denial of coverage to dental plans.
· Prohibits dental plans from subjecting a provider to additional
oversight because the provider files an appeal on behalf of a patient.
HB 2502: Explanation of Benefits for Dental Plans DIED
· HB 2502 was passed the House Health Care & Wellness
Committee, but died in the House Rules Committee.
· It requires a health carrier offering a dental only plan to annually
submit to the Insurance Commissioner the explanation of benefits form
the carrier plans to use for the dental only plan for the subsequent plan
· The bill exempts a fully capitated dental plan from the provisions of
SB 6163 Telemedicine Collaborative PASSED
· SB 6163 passed the Legislature and has been delivered to the
· This bill extends the life of the Telemedicine Collaborative to
December 31, 2021.
Several legislators have announced that they are not seeking re-election
in the fall. These include Senator Michael Baumgartner, Representative
Ruth Kagi, Representative Judy Clibborn, Representative Larry Haler,
Representative Jay Rodne, Representative Melanie Stambaugh,
Representative Dan Kristiansen, Representative Terry Nealey, and
Representative Liz Pike.
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