Health & Long-term Care

March 19, 2024

Governor signs Muzzall legislation with over $5 million for maternal health

In a ceremony today, Governor Inslee signed a slate of bills to become law including legislative sponsored by state Sen. Ron Muzzall. Senate Bill 5580 focuses on improving maternal support and directs the state Health Care Authority to support extended post-delivery hospital care for women struggling with substance-use disorders. “The...
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January 24, 2024

Senate approves Muzzall health-care workforce legislation

Washington state is facing critical workforce shortages across various industries, and the lack of employees is being acutely felt in hospitals, clinics and medical practices. State Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, has been working to fill these gaps by sponsoring legislation that aims to ease regulatory burdens for licensed practitioners...
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March 08, 2023

Muzzall fentanyl test strip bill gets unanimous vote

Opioid overdose deaths have been skyrocketing in Washington State. King County saw over 1,000 overdose deaths last year and 70% of the victims had fentanyl in their system. While legislators recently approved a measure to deal with drug possession and treatment, legislation sponsored by Sen. Ron Muzzall to help reduce...
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March 06, 2023

Muzzall says drug possession fix a ‘step toward a solution’

The state Senate worked late into the evening this past Friday, struggling over a bipartisan compromise to state drug possession laws. In 2021, the state Supreme Court handed down its Blake decision, which ruled Washington’s felony drug possession law was unconstitutional. Since the Legislature was still in session, it approved...
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March 02, 2023

A Parent’s Care

As seems to be the pattern with controversial and unpopular proposals, the legislative majority decided to pass Senate Bill 5599 late last night. If you haven’t been following, it’s legislation that purports to help at-risk youth suffering from mental distress, but in reality will only drive a wedge into hurting families. It’s...
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February 01, 2023

Muzzall introduces maternity-support bills to ensure pregnant women have a real choice

While Democratic legislators advocate legislation that seems aimed at making Washington a destination for women seeking abortions, state Sen. Ron Muzzall has introduced two proposals aimed at aiding women who choose motherhood. Senate Bill 5580 would direct the state Health Care Authority to support extended post-delivery hospital care for women...
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August 13, 2021

Joint statement on governor’s vaccination mandate for state employees and health care workers

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee recently announced that most state workers in Washington, as well as private health care and long-term care employees, will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination by Oct. 18, or lose their jobs. 10th District lawmakers Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Whidbey Island, and Rep. Greg Gilday, R-Camano,...
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