State Policy

  • The State of Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange submitted a 1332 Waiver to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand access to health and dental plans to uninsured, regardless of immigrant status. On December 9, 2022, HHS approved the state’s application.  See more here.
  • Post-partum care to 12 months – SB5068 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor expanding Apple Health coverage to 12 months postpartum to ensure continuity of care and coverage. This is an extension of time from its original 60 days of coverage for all women who meet the income qualifications, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
  • Banning Private Prisons – HB 1090 was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor ending all private prisons in WA State. This includes the contract for the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma used to hold captured, undocumented people whose contract expires in 2025 and cannot be renewed.

See One America 2021 Legislative Wins page for additional information.

Reviewed on 12/12/2022