Health Care

Governor signs duo of Bailey health-care bills into law In a signing ceremony at the state Capitol, Gov. Jay Inslee has signed two of Sen. Barbara Bailey’s bills from the 2018 legislative session. Senate Bill 5179 requires coverage for hearing instruments under public-employee and Medicaid programs. Under the new law, health plans offered to Medicaid enrollees and state employees... Read More...
Democrats vote down Bailey proposal to address student mental health On Wednesday night Senate Democrats voted down Sen. Barbara Bailey’s common-sense approach to addressing student mental health in Washington. Prior to the Senate’s passage of a House bill on the subject, Bailey proposed an amendment based on language from her legislation, Senate Bill 6618, that would require a credentialed mental-health... Read More...
Bailey bill increases stability and expediency for adult family homes Late Tuesday evening, the state Senate unanimously approved Sen. Barbara Bailey’s legislation to allow for expedited processing of applications for adult family homes under certain circumstances. Senate Bill 6113 is aimed at creating stability for residents. The bill directs the Department of Social and Health Services, who regulate and licenses... Read More...
Senate votes to continue Bailey work on concerns related to aging The state Senate approved Sen. Barbara Bailey’s legislation, Senate Bill 5180, which would formally establish a Legislative Advisory Committee on Aging. A similar panel existed from 2013 through mid-2017; Bailey’s bill would launch the committee in mid-2019 for another two years. The bill was approved unanimously Monday night. “Many people... Read More...
Medicaid coverage for hearing devices restored under Bailey bill 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 Senate had previously approved the legislation unanimously during the 2017 legislative session, but it was never brought up by the House. “This is a needed expansion... Read More...
Bailey hearing-loss training legislation signed Senate Bill 5177, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, which will require that long-term care workers be trained to recognize hearing loss in their patients, was signed Friday by the governor. The new law will take effect July 22. “Our long-term care workers are a critical part of keeping our aging... Read More...
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...
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