2019 Washington State Senior Lobby bill report

Bills supported by the Senior Lobby 


Adult Family Home Council – John Ficker, Maria Chiechi

HB – 1023  – Allowing certain Adult Family homes to increase capacity to eight beds

SB 5672 – Concerning Adult Family Home specialty services


Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) – Kristi Knudsen

SB 5338 – Regarding definitions of willful; APS Registry; financial exploitation and mandatory reporters – reconsiders the permanency of names on the abuse registry; revises abuse definition to show culpability; allows for sharing of certain investigation outcomes; provides protections in quality assurance activities.  ($170,000 GF-State; $242,000 Total Funds) to fund 1 FTE for the registry work)

SB 5359 – Funding investigations to protect individuals with disabilities in the Supported Living program – Creates Supported Living provider fee – an initial and yearly fee that pays for staff to investigate provider practice issues. (-$2.3M GF-State; Total Funds 5.4 FTE)

HB 1564  – Regarding nursing facilities Medicaid rates – Allows tribes to receive encounter rates and makes two technical corrections related to data reporting timelines. 4/15/2019 – /Third reading Passed

 SB 5403– Safe egress in Adult Family Homes – Removes requirement that non-ambulatory patients cannot be kept above a first floor of an AFH as long as they can effectively evacuate. – 4/16/2019 – Delivered to Governor

SB 5432 – Concerning implementing Behavioral Health – 4/12/2019 Third Reading Passed

Attorney General

HB 1066  – Requiring debt collection complaints to be filed prior to service of summons and complaint.

HB 1064  – Concerning law enforcement


Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)

HB 1296     -Concerning continuing care retirement communities



SB 5116 – Clean Energy Economy – 4/11/2019 Third Reading Passed



SB 5604 Concerning the uniform guardianship, conservatorship, and other protective arrangements act – 4/12/2019 Third Reading Passed

HB 1329 – Office of Public Guardianship – 4/13/2019 Third Reading Passed



Health Care

SB 5822– Providing Pathway to establish Universal Health Care


Hearing Loss Association of WA – Cheri Perazzoli

SB 5210 – Hearing Aid Act for telecoil/blue tooth rules – 4/10/2019 – Third Reading Passed


Insurance Commissioner

HB 1065 – Out of Network Healthcare

SB 5292 – Unexplained Billing – passed


Long Term Care Trust Act

HB 1087/ SB 5331


Manufactured Mobile Homeowners

HB 1033  – Relocation Assistance

HB 1207 – Concerning manufactured housing communities.

HB 1582 – Addressing manufactured/mobile home tenant protections


Property Tax Bill

SB 5160- Providing property tax relief for senior citizens and qualifying veterans.

SB 5160 – Concerning property tax exemptions for service-connected disabled veterans and senior citizens. – Establishes a mechanism for adjusting income thresholds into the future to provide property tax relief to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


 Prescription Drug

SB 5292 – `Concerning prescription drug cost transparency


Retirement Savings Plan (AARP)

SB 5740Creating the secure choice retirement savings program – Creates the secure choice retirement savings program to facilitate voluntary retirement savings by workers by creating an IRA savings program with automatic enrollment and requiring employers that do not offer a retirement plan to make the program available to their employees.



Joint Legislative Executive Committee – (JLEC)


Dementia Action Collaborative (DAC) – Alzheimer’s Association – Four (4) Initiatives- full funding for 1st three


Plan 1 COLA – Budget proviso – RPEC and WSSRA and WEA


Case Management Funding Request $7.2 and Personal Needs Allowance for in Home Clients $10.0 – WA Assoc. of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A)


Funding collective Bargaining agreement – SEIU 775







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