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2021 Senate Bill 5052: Concerning the creation of health equity zones
Introduced by Sen. Karen Keiser (Kent) (D) on January 11, 2021
Referred to the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee on January 11, 2021
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Requires the Department of Health, subject to funding, to designate health equity zones statewide and develop projects that meet the needs of each zone.
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on January 28, 2021
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 17, 2021
Adds the recommendation of systems and policy changes that will improve population health to the list of projects for health equity zones.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 19, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ron Muzzall (Oak Harbor) (R) on February 26, 2021
Removes the ability for communities to self-identify as health equity zones.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 26, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ron Muzzall (Oak Harbor) (R) on February 26, 2021
Creates a two-year pilot program.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 26, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ann Rivers (Vancouver) (R) on February 26, 2021
Removes the requirement that the Department of Health must provide support to coalitions in need of assistance identifying and applying for financial resources as well as providing technical assistance related to project management.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 26, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on February 26, 2021
Removes the Department of Health's authority to determine the number of health equity zones and requires that a health equity zone may not be established unless the local health jurisdiction approves the creation of the zone.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 26, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Keith Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) (R) on February 26, 2021
Defines that documented health disparities must be documented or identified by the Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 26, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Judy Warnick (Grant) (R) on February 26, 2021
Removes the ability for local organizations working within a health equity zone to implement projects that recommend system and policy changes.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 26, 2021
Requires the Department of Health, subject to funding, to designate health equity zones statewide and develop projects that meet the needs of each zone. Allows communities to self-identify as a health equity zones and develop projects.
Received in the House on March 2, 2021
Referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee on March 2, 2021
Amendment offered in the House on March 17, 2021
Adds persons and communities experiencing poverty to the groups of individuals who may populate a health equity zone; • requires the Department of Health to share and review hospital community needs assessments when identifying, or allowing communities to self-identify, health equity zones; and • makes the bill applicable to Indian communities in general, instead of only urban Indian communities.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on March 19, 2021
Received in the Senate on April 20, 2021
Senate concurred in House amendment(s).
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 12, 2021

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