State Outlook

The Amputee Coalition will be resuming efforts to introduce and pass Insurance Fairness for Amputees in 2020. We are actively seeking advocates to support efforts to pass the legislation.

Legislative Activity

Prior to the 2019 planning for introduction, the Washington State Legislature previously introduced Insurance Fairness for Amputees. The most recent introduction took place during the 2011 Legislative Session, which saw legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. HB1612 was introduced and referred to House Health Care and Wellness Committee, where it did not receive any consideration and died upon adjournment.

State Government Information

The Democratic Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

Washington’s State Legislature works on a two year cycle. Session runs from January until April in the first year and from January to March during the second.

The Office of Governor has an election every four years that coincides with Presidential Elections. The next election will be held in 2020. An individual elected to the Office of the Governor is not limited to the number of terms they can serve. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.

The Washington Department of Insurance is a state department falling under the executive branch of Washington’s government. The Commissioner of Insurance is elected to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Department provides information about insurance coverage and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.

Get Involved

The Amputee Coalition needs support from the limb loss/difference community. If you are interested in aiding our efforts:

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