News: Advocacy & Policy


Legislative Session Week 6

Today is the 40th day of the 60-day session – and this week marked the house of origin cutoff, with all bills needing to be voted out of the chamber in which they originated by Feb. 14 to continue moving this session.



Legislative Session Week 5

This week marked the house of origin fiscal committee cutoff, and legislators are now on the floor voting on bills.




Why are nurses suing the EPA?

For over a decade, nurses have been working with a wide range of partners, including other health professionals, environmentalists and health-affected groups, to update the nation’s chemical safety policy.




Legislative Session Week 2

In this week’s update: See how your Reps voted, testimony on Community Health Workers bill and Nurse Legislative Day!


Legislative Session Week 1

In this week’s update: Advocacy Camp & WSNA’s Legislative Reception, Rest Breaks Bill passes House! and Upcoming events





Presidential executive actions undermine ACA

The Trump administration took two actions on Thursday, Oct. 12, designed to weaken the Affordable Care Act: Trump signed an Executive Order directing government agencies to expand access to Association Health Plans and to expand Short-term Limited Duration Insurance to last up to a year. The Trump administration also announced an immediate halt to subsidies the federal government pays to health insurers to help cover the cost of individual insurance for lower-income Americans.


Welcome WSNA’s new Director of Nursing Practice & Health Policy

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Joelle Fathi, DNP, RN, ARNP, to the position of Director of Nursing Practice and Health Policy for WSNA. We are fortunate to have a nurse of Joelle’s caliber and experience to lead the association forward in our nursing practice and health policy work. Her demonstrated excellence in clinical practice, nursing leadership and education, and health care policy advocacy are an incredible asset for nurses in Washington state and beyond.



Court tees up right-wing assault on unions

The U.S. Supreme Court announced last month that it will reconsider whether public sector unions can require workers who receive the benefits of a collective bargaining agreement to pay a fee for services. If the court rules as expected, paying union fees will soon become optional for all state, city, county and municipal employees. The union will still be required to provide services to all non-payers – but for free.


How do we decide? Decoding WSNA-PAC’s endorsement process

Each election cycle, the Washington State Nurses Association Political Action Committee (WSNA-PAC) receives dozens of requests for endorsement. Why? Because candidates value the support of nurses, and WSNA-PAC’s endorsement sends a strong message to voters.





RED ALERT! Call Congress now to protect health care!

The Senate is taking another shot at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill is even worse than its predecessors. It would increase uninsured by millions, cost state governments billions more, and eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions. And the Senate aims to pass this bill in the next two weeks.Nurses need to call members of Congress right now and voice strong opposition to this bill. Health care for millions of Americans is at stake – and patients’ lives are on the line.




WSNA member Jessica Esparza speaks out for DACA

Jessica Esparza says she’s here to stay. She wants to keep working as a registered nurse on the medical oncology unit at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She wants to continue helping patients get through chemo, speaking with vulnerable patients in their native language and advocating for the needs of her community. Without DACA, though, Jessica may not be able to continue doing the work she loves.


WSNA statement in support of DACA

Here in Washington state, many nursing students and working nurses are training and caring for patients thanks to their DACA status. We value what these students and nurses contribute to creating better health outcomes for everyone. The research on this is clear: Patients tend to receive better quality care when health professionals mirror the ethnic, racial and linguistic backgrounds of their patients. We join the American Nurses Association in calling on Congress to work together to find a compassionate, bipartisan solution that respects the humanity of every individual affected by the President’s recent decision to rescind the executive action for those with DACA status.




Senate to Vote on “Skinny Repeal” this Week

After voting down a number of “repeal and replace” bills Tuesday and Wednesday, Senate Republicans are now planning to vote either late today or early tomorrow on a new “skinny repeal” bill.


Senate Votes to Open Debate on ACA Repeal

Last night, the U.S. Senate voted to open debate “repeal and replace” legislation – trying again after Senate Republicans failed to pass their Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) last week.