State Level Policy and Advocacy
The Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) promotes public policies that increase access to health care and reduce the number of uninsured people in our state. We partner with the Community Health Network of Washington (CHNW) on state policy and advocacy.
2014 State Legislative Priorities
During the upcoming legislative session, WACMHC, along with CHNW will be advocating for the following:
- Secure Medicaid outreach funding to ensure enrollees have a choice of Medicaid plans and a successful marketing campaign targeted at Medicaid-eligible individuals;
- Protect existing health care safety net programs; and
- Support integration of behavioral health services in Medicaid managed care contracts and in primary care.
To learn more about these priorities, please read our full Legislative Agenda.
To learn more about our Medical outreach and enrollment priorities, please see position paper.
Overview of Governor Inslee’s 2014 Supplemental Budget
In Washington State, the Affordable Care Act’s vision of increased health coverage and patient protections is now a reality. On December 17, 2013, Governor Inslee released his “hold steady, get ready” budget and community health centers are pleased that Governor Inslee’s proposed budget works to keep coverage up and secure it for the future to achieve improved health and cost savings.
Specifically, this budget:
- Allows Medicaid beneficiaries to easily select the managed care plan of their choice, reducing administrative burden for enrollees, providers, health plans and the Health Care Authority and avoiding disruption of care;
- Dedicates marketing resources to reach Medicaid-eligibles, ensuring that targeted enrollment numbers are reached;
- Preserves the safety net as thousands of low income Washingtonians receive coverage through critical health care safety net programs that are protecting lives and saving the state money;
- Encourages integration of behavioral health into the physical health system, ensuring that patients receive the right care at the right place and the right time; and
- Establishes funding to design and model the Federal Basic Health Option, examining an important option to improve affordability for low-income individuals and ensure continuity of care as individuals churn between Medicaid and Exchange subsidy eligibility.
Community health centers urge the Legislature to support these modest, but important investments to move us toward the full potential of Medicaid expansion’s promise.
More information on the Governor’s proposed budget can be found here.