Health Care

Hearing-aid coverage expansion approved under Bailey legislation Today the state Senate approved Sen. Barbara Bailey’s legislation, Senate Bill 5179, which would require coverage for hearing instruments under public-employee and Medicaid programs. The legislation, passed unanimously, now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. “This is a needed expansion of coverage to those struggling to pay for... Read More...
Bailey legislation on hearing-loss prevention unanimously clears Senate The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 5177 Thursday, which would require that long-term care workers be trained to recognize hearing loss in their patients. The bill, part of Sen. Barbara Bailey’s legislation aimed at aging issues and hearing-loss intervention, earned accolades during public testimony and now goes to the House... Read More...
Vulnerable adult protections expand under Bailey legislation Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, introduced legislation, Senate Bill 5099, to increase protections for vulnerable adults. Increases  penalties; Reduce barriers to prosecution and; Expands the scope of protection for vulnerable persons The bill comes in response to increased incidences of financial exploitation and physical abuse among aging state residents. The... Read More...
Sen. Bailey Makes Bipartisan List of “Capitol Caregivers” AARP Honors State Elected Officials for Helping Family Caregivers Washington – To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Washington State, AARP has named Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Barbara Bailey (R-10) and Representative Steve Tharinger (D-24) as 2016 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of elected officials representing more than... Read More...
Bailey bill to support family caregivers clears Legislature The state Senate today endorsed minor changes made by the House of Representatives to Sen. Barbara Bailey’s effort to increase hospitals’ support of family caregivers. Senate Bill 6327, known as the CARE Act, seeks to help people who care for loved ones after they leave the hospital or other care... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, Most of the action during the Senate’s fifth week of work was still happening at the committee level, where bills continue to receive public hearings and “executive action.” Executive action refers to a committee’s decision whether to recommend passage of a measure or not. The committees... Read More...